Maintaining carpets between professional cleanings can be easy and inexpensive. Often home owners and renters have the solutions to keep carpets fresh in their kitchen cabinets. By using these easy tips, you can stretch the amount of time between a carpet cleaner’s visits.
Natural Carpet Deodorizers
Baking soda and vinegar are great natural deodorizers for carpets as they will easily get rid of the stink and they are inexpensive. To deodorize carpet with baking soda, simply sprinkle it over the desired area and let it sit for 30 minutes, then simply vacuum. To use vinegar as a deodorizer, mix a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar together in a spray bottle and lightly mist the desired area. The vinegar smell will dissipate as soon as it dries, leaving your carpets naturally fresh. Baking soda and vinegar are safe to use around children and pets making them a perfect option for young families with pets or people on a budget.
Easy Carpet Stain Removal
Any stain can be removed from carpet with immediate action and the proper steps. For food stains, pick up as much of the excess via blotting or gentle scraping. Next, saturate the stain with a cool, mild soapy solution and let it sit for a minute. Hot water can set a stain so cooler water will get the out better. Blot up the soapy solution and repeat as necessary to remove the stain. Once the stain is removed, rinse the area with a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar to remove any soap residue. Rinsing the area is an important as soap residue can attract dirt and oil causing the area to appear stained.
Pet Stain Prevention
Dogs are man’s best friend, except when they relieve themselves on the carpet. With immediate action, the pet accident does not have to turn into a pet stain. Blot up as much of the urine as possible and then coat the area in baking soda. The baking soda will absorb the rest of the urine and deodorize the area at the same time. Once the baking soda has dried, usually a few hours, simply vacuum the area. If desired, spray the area with a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar to disinfect the area. This method works best for first time stains and if you get to the area within minutes of it happening. carpet cleaning kitchener
Vacuuming is the most important part of maintenance. Vacuuming picks up the dirt that causes the majority of damage to carpets. Low traffic areas need to be vacuumed 1-2 time a week and high traffic areas need to be vacuumed 2-3 times a week. The majority of dirt in homes is tracked in from outside onto those high traffic areas. Keeping up with vacuuming removes dirt particles and prevent carpet fiber from tearing and fraying.
One last tip to keep carpets looking great between cleaning is to get tips from your local carpet cleaning company. The technician can give you personalized tips to as he/she can see the heavy traffic areas in your home as well as areas that spread dirt and oil while they clean your carpets. With the EPA recommendation of 1-4 cleanings a year, you can test the tips between cleanings.