When it comes to carpet cleaning, we usually just vacuum and that is it. But the sad truth is that vacuuming alone can’t clean your carpets the way it should be. A lot of dust and small particles stayed embedded in the base of the carpet fibres. In the end, the only thing we can do is to pay for an expensive professional carpet washing in hope that the faded colours will return and the nasty stains will be gone.
Cleaning Gum from the Carpet
If you have kids this is not news to you, all types of gum love to stick to your most expensive rugs and never leave. You can’t cut the sticky candy with scissors because you will damage the fabric you can only pay an unreasonable amount of money to be removed professionally. Good news – here is a fast trick, that actually works and it will cost you around 2 ice cubes, depending on how big is the gum.
- Put the ice cubes on the gum for about a minute;
- Get a sharp knife or a razor blade;
- Using the blade, separate the gum from the carpet with a couple of shortcutting movements.
Pet Hairs on the Carpet
If you own a dog, a cat or just a very fluffy rabbit you have a pet hair problem. If you only vacuum your rugs, you can’t properly remove all the hairs and you are just wasting your time and efforts. The best way to clean your carpet is by using simply water and your rubber gloves (or flip-flops). Wipe the rug or the carpet with the wet rubber surface and all hairs will stick to it. Cleanse it with water and repeat a couple of times until all is gone.
Cleaning the Romance from the Carpet
Did you ever have that one perfect night, alone at home with your significant other? Wine and soft candlelight? You know where we are going with this – the after cleaning party of course! The morning after your Big night starts your Big day of cleaning. Let’s start with the wine stains they are the trickiest. The best way to clean them is when they are still fresh but that is not an option in the case of a Romantic evening.
- Get a bowl and mix two cups with warm water, one tablespoon of vinegar and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid.
- Using a cotton cloth start applying the mixture on the stain while gently rubbing.
- Do it until the stain is all gone;
Now it is time for the easy part – the wax stains. Candles are romantic and especially if they are scented they bring a special touch to your Big night. Unfortunately, they also drip a lot, and always in the wrong moment and place. Wax is a terrible thing to clean. It crumbles easily and sticks to the fibres like a fly to honey. But we have a solution:
- Use an iron. Wax has a low melting temperature so use the weakest heat setting.
- Place a clean, white cotton cloth on the wah spill and iron it for around 30 seconds.
- Using a spoon or a butter knife scrape the leftover wax from the carpet.
- Place a piece of kitchen paper or a paper towel and iron it again. The wax that is sticking to the
- Fibres of the carpet will melt and transfer to the paper.
The Nasty Mud Stains
This advice is especially for all you busy Londoners that have to battle with the constant rain in the British capital. London is one of the most densely populated cities in Europe and where there are people there is dirt. Mix that with heavy rains almost trout the entire year and you end up with a lot of mud stains and carpets in need of professional cleaning. There is no need to spend half of your salary on cleaning supplies the solution is quite easy:
- Leave the stains to dry. Contrary to everything that we talked about til now, mud stains are harder to clean when wet.
- Use your vacuum machine with its upholstery attachment and slowly vacuum the stain. That way all the bigger pieces will be cleaned, and you will be left with only the stain on the carpet.
- Using dishwashing liquid and warm water blot the stain with a white cloth. Use different cloths each time the current one gets dirty.
- After you remove the stain use paper towels to gently press and absorb the excess water from your carpet;