Carpeted floors are a very nice thing to have if your home has little children bumbling around. While hardwood floors do look very nice, those little precious bodies would fare better on soft carpets. But you know what happens when you mix children and carpets – stains. Lots of them. This can make carpet cleaning a big hassle.
Did you know then that it’s possible to clean many types of stains from the carpets simply using everyday products found around the home? It’s true. In this article we will share with 3 of the most practical and useful tips using common items you probably already have in your cabinets!
1. To make a general stain remover solution, mix together water with a dish washing soap of your choice that is free of bleach and alkaline chemicals. (Otherwise you run the risk of discoloring the carpet.) Blot the stained carpeted area with the solution and then rub it with a brush. Wipe off any extra solution with a towel. This will remove many different types of stains.
2. If there are bleach spots on your carpet, another carpet cleaning tip is to prepare the same mixture of dish washing detergent liquid and warm water just like what you need to do to remove stained spots. Blot the mixture on the bleached spot with a paper towel or a clean dry cloth. Leave it there for about 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat until you are sure that the bleach spot has been completely removed. When doing this, always start from the outer part of the bleach spot before you work on the inner part so that it will not spread on the unaffected areas. Wash the spot with cold water to remove any traces of bleach and dish washing soap.
3. One of the worst carpet cleaning jobs comes from chewing gum that’s somehow ended up on the carpet. While this is no fun to remove, it’s not out of our reach. First remove what you can using a brush or small tool. Then take a few ice cubes and put them in a plastic bag. Hold this against the gum to freeze it. Once it’s frozen, take a spatula and scrape off the gum. Then using the mixture described in tip number one, blot the area repeatedly. This will remove small traces of the gum.