Everyone wants to create and maintain a fresh and welcoming home for family and guests. It is one of the ways we show appreciation for those we care about. When entering a home, a clean carpet adds to the fresh atmosphere of the home and sets the stage for peace and comfort.
There are many ways to maintain your carpet and experts both professional and non are weighing in with helpful hints and solutions via blog posts. Here are some enlightening suggestions and beneficial ideas gleaned from popular blog sites.
Non-Toxic Carpet Cleaning Tips
The blog at Momsrising.org has a few tips on non-toxic carpet cleaning and stain removal that clean and bring freshness to the home without harsh chemicals.
• Baking soda is a tried and true non-toxic cleaning method. Old-fashioned baking soda absorbs both moisture and odors. Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the carpet and allow it to sit for 30 minutes to an hour before vacuuming. For added freshness, add a few drops of lavender or cloves.
• Vacuum. Simple enough – vacuum once or twice a week and use a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter vacuum. This removes dust, pollen, dander and dirt from both the carpet and the air.
• Shoes off. Remove shoes at the door and keep the outside, well, outside. Don’t forget to wear slippers or socks; the natural oils from the skin of bare feet can leave a residue on carpet that attracts dirt.
Green Stain Removal
Investigate thesmartmama.com to find some great suggestions for healthy stain removal that are effective and simple to do using household items – “stain fighting remedies from pantry staples:”
• Red wine. First blot up as much as possible with clean, dry towel. Generously douse with coarse salt and leave overnight; vacuum in the morning. Mix 1 cup cool water, ½ cup hydrogen peroxide, a tad of dishwashing liquid and spray on stain. Do not saturate. (If carpet is wool, use only a bit of peroxide and eliminate soap). As an alternative, use white wine to neutralize red wine and then use the salt treatment.
• Coffee. Blot up with a clean, dry towel. Blot with a mixture of distilled white vinegar and water and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Then blot with a clean damp towel.
• Greasy food stains. White vinegar cuts grease well so use a mixture of water and white vinegar to clean.
• Candle wax. Freeze the wax with a plastic bag of ice. Even frozen veggies will work in a pinch. Then remove solid wax with a blunt knife. Place a paper bag or paper towels over the remaining wax and iron it on the lowest heat setting. This will transfer the wax to the paper. Be extra careful with synthetic carpeting and work cautiously.
A browse through the Internet and carpet cleaning blogs can provide you with a variety of tips and hints on how to keep carpets clean and fresh. Even with continued maintenance, and regardless of if your carpet appears dirty, a seasonal professional cleaning is the only way to go. Particles of dirt and grime are often so small that they are invisible to the eye. Nevertheless, they continue to wear and damage your carpet. A good professional cleaning will reinvigorate your carpet and protect your investment for years. Let High Quality Carpet assist you in keeping your home a warm and welcoming place in which to live. Contact us using our online form or by phone at (732) 400-5255 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.