Carpet Cleaning Tips
Have you noticed your carpet is dirty now that summer is over? It’s probably time to clean your carpet but you don’t want to pay for a carpet cleaning service. Here’s some tips and tricks you can use to clean your carpet without breaking the bank.
1. Use a lint roller
Have you noticed that no matter how hard your vacuum, there’s still dirt and crumbs on your carpet? Sometimes there’s still hair that didn’t get sucked up. A good way to help fully get rid of all the crumbs and hair off your carpet is to use a lint roller. You might have to put more elbow grease into your carpet cleaning but at least it will save you on the cost for cleaning services. This also will be about 5 minutes to do, depending on the carpet type. Just a quick roll over in certain areas that are left over from the vacuum is all you need.
2. Remove stains with an iron
Removing stains from your carpet has always tested every homeowner. There are so many ways that you can remove stains from so and so’s aunt Linda’s book of home cleaning remedies. Although, there is one thing you might not have thought of. You can remove stains from your carpet with an iron. First, you vacuum the stained area. Remember, this is a crucial first step to properly doing this. Second, spray the spot with a mixture of water and vinegar for 5 minutes. Three, place a towel on top of the stained area and apply the heated iron. The pressure and heat help the stain to move into the towel and out of your carpet.
3. Baking Soda
Sometimes stains don’t come out with just hot water and dabbing. When that happens, you’ll need something stronger and that’s where the baking soda comes in. Just apply the baking soda generously on the stain and leave it there until it absorbs the stain. It will look like dry crust by the time it is done. Then you’ll just vacuum it up, which in terms will leave a much lighter stain.
You can also use this to freshen up your carpet. All you need to do is mix 16oz baking soda with your favorite essential oil. You can add anywhere between 10 to 20 drops, however strong you want it to smell. Sprinkle this mixture on your carpet and leave it for about 5-10 minutes. Once it has settled into the carpet, you can vacuum up the baking soda and it will leave your room smelling like freshness!
Some of us can’t stand the smell of vinegar, but it has always been the “go to” for carpet cleaning. Vinegar has many uses for cleaning of course and to top off one more thing vinegar can do, is fluffing your carpet. I’m sure you’ve noticed your carpet has flattened in the higher traffic areas. To fluff your carpet like new, dilute the vinegar into equal parts with water. Place this mixture into a spray bottle and spray the flattened area. Once the mixture has absorbed, take a regular spoon and run it sideways along the carpet. This will ensure restoration of your carpet and make it look like new!
You might want to open some doors or windows to allow the fumes of the vinegar to leave your home. It will also help when drying your carpet, as well as using some fans. Try not to allow traffic onto the wet areas, but if you have to, place a plastic sheet over it to prevent your carpet from getting dirty again.
To keep your carpet clean longer, continue vacuuming several times per week. Place some doormats outside and inside to make sure those shoes don’t bring in more dirt and grime. Keep your vacuum well-maintained and clean so that it functions properly. If you have any questions on carpet cleaning or wanting to install new carpet, contact Wilson’s Paint and Flooring in Kaysville, UT today!