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Home Carpet Cleaning Tips

Cleaning is a part of life that can’t be ignored. Quite a few messes can happen daily on account of 1) whether your floors are carpeted or not and 2) regular indoor traffic.

When we say indoor traffic, we are referring to anyone or anything frequently using the house, including your kids, your pets, and even just yourself. Holidays are when the most indoor traffic and some of the biggest messes can occur!

The tips we’re going to share with you today focus on how you can keep the mess from indoor traffic to a minimum by yourself.

Mess #1: Pets

We love pets (yes, we do!), but boy can they be messy sometimes! Their own hair, food, dirt, and unique smells are what make pets such masters at finding different ways to create messes on indoor rugs and carpets.

Cleaning tips: these tips specifically focus on cleaning up feces or urine that animals may accidentally leave behind on the carpet! Speed is essential for best results.

First, remove the offending material as fast as you can, and then blot the area with a dry towel. Next, create a solution of equal parts warm water and white vinegar.

Spray the water and vinegar from a bottle onto the dirty spot. Now, leave the solution be for a few minutes, and then return to blotting.

This should do a great deal to remove the worst of the stain.

Mess #2: Dirt

Dirt can come from all sorts of places, inside and out.

Houseplants, tracked in dirt from people and animals, and even mud can all create a lot of mess on carpets.

Cleaning tips: what you have to do is make a mix of the following: one quarter of white vinegar, one quarter of baking soda, and one-half water.

Combine these into a spray bottle and spray the mixture onto the dirt stain. Let the mixture soak in for a bit, and then give the spot a gentle scrub.

The vinegar’s acid should be able to break apart the stain.

Mess #3: Juice

Whether you have children or not, or are raising kids or not, juice spills can and will happen.

Even if you don’t have any kids and want a glass of juice for breakfast or to add into your smoothie, accidents still happen and that includes the orange juice!

Cleaning tips: a small amount of regular dish soap will often do the trick for juice stains on most carpets and rugs.

Be gentle when cleaning, however; too much forceful scrubbing into the carpet can damage the fibres in it. Use very gentle blotting motions instead for best results.

Mess #4: Tomato Sauce

Don’t you hate it when you’re having a delightful spaghetti dinner, only to discover there’s a red stain or blot that dropped from your plate to the carpet?

It happens sometimes, whether you’re eating a little too sloppily one night or your house guests unwittingly spills, or your kids decide to make spaghetti art out of the carpet.

Cleaning tips: the good news is there are multiple ways to remove tomato stains.

One of the best ways to get rid of this stain quickly is to take a lemon, cut it in half, and then simply rub it on top of the tomato spot.

It’s thanks to the lemon’s citric acid that the spot should dissolve without a hitch. After rubbing, simply let the spot dry and it should be gone.

Be sure to call in a professional carpet cleaning company if you have any difficulty removing these stains, or if a more severe and hard-to-get-rid-of staining has occurred, such as wine.

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