August 1, 2017
Carpeted floors can bring a great deal to the table; they are comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and practical in many situations. However, you will need to maintain them properly to extend their working lives, which means regular maintenance. It can be stressful when you see that cup drop or liquid start to spill on your beautiful new carpets. Thankfully, there are some simple tips for maintaining your carpets and even for the toughest stains out of your carpet.
Clean Up Messes Quickly
One of the most important things you should know about maintaining your carpeted floor is that it is essential to clean up your messes as soon as you can. A deep stain from a spilled glass of red wine can be tough to remove, but you will have an easier time if you get to the soil quickly. Even if a spill seems relatively minor, leaving it alone gives it a chance to seep into your flooring and create a bigger problem.
Use Area Rugs Strategically
If you want to give your carpeted floors a break in high traffic areas, try using area rugs to break up the burden. An area rug by your doorway can be especially helpful, as it will capture much of the dirt and debris that you track in from outside. The right area rug can enhance your interior design scheme as well as take some of the pressure off of your carpeted floors./p>
Never Scrub the Carpet
The typical response to a carpet stain is to scrub, scrub, scrub until the stain comes out. Never scrub your carpet! This action can actually damage or ruin the carpet fibers. You may even spread the spill to the carpet pad or other areas of the carpet by scrubbing. Instead, after a spill occurs, grab a clean cloth and blot the spill clean. Start from the outside of the spill and work your way in toward the center. Rinse the area with water, and blot the same way again.
Grab Vinegar for Water-Soluble Stains
In case you have a spill that comes from a water-soluble liquid—soda, ice cream, mud, or ink—you should be able to clean the area easily. The cleaning solution can be a mixture of 32 ounces of water with ¼ teaspoon of a mild, non-bleaching detergent. If you do not have the right kind of detergent, then white vinegar is a great substitute. Perform the same blotting motion until the stain comes out.
Grab Ammonia for Stubborn Water-Soluble Stains
There are some liquid stains that may not come out with a simple vinegar solution. For these special water-soluble stains, such as blood, coffee, and wine, you will want to use a small amount of ammonia. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of ammonia, and blot the stain out. For other special stains, like oil or wax, use a paper towel and iron. With the iron on the warm setting, place it over the paper towel and over the stain. The oil or wax should melt with the heat and end up sticking on the paper towel.
Article provided courtesy of Long Realty Home Advantage Partner, Broadway Carpet.