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It doesn’t matter the efforts you put at maintaining the cleanliness of your carpet, somehow accidents, spills, and drops will mess it up. The secret is in knowing how to handle the problem areas thus keeping your carpets sparkling clean always.
Do not Rub Stains, Blot Them
Using a clean cloth, a sponge, or a paper towel, dip it in a cleaning solution and dab the stains. The advantage with blotting is that it puts a slight amount of pressure on the carpet stain and soaks it up. When you rub stains, the particles get grounded into the fibers leading to a premature breakdown of your carpet. The best blotting approach is to start from the fringes of the stain and blot inward towards the center.
Use Shaving Cream
Shaving cream is an excellent stain remover and it has been known to eliminate almost every type of stain. Apply the cream to the stain and leave it for about 30 minutes so that it can set. Thereafter, blot it away using a dry white cloth and then spray the area with a mixture of vinegar and water. When you wipe away the solution, the stain will be gone.
Ice cubes on Dried Gum
If the stain on your carpet is caused by chewing gum, ice cubes can come in handy to help you clear the sticky mess. The process is simple; freeze the gum using the ice cubes for 30 seconds and then lift up the glob of the frozen solid gum using a spoon.
The strands of the carpet that are close to the gum should be cut so that no trace of the gum is left. Don’t worry; cutting the strands won’t make a noticeable difference on the appearance of your carpet.
Dishwasher Detergent on Grease Stains
When you encounter difficult to clean grease stains, reach out for a dishwashing detergent and mix a drop or two in a cup of water. This detergent cuts through the grease stain in the same manner it does on your dishes. The best application method is to spray it directly on the stain. For larger stains, you may have to repeat the process multiple times while blotting it up.
Heating Wax Stains
If you have had a candlelit dinner and probably some of the wax has dripped onto the carpet, you don’t have to call a carpet cleaning professional. You can easily remove waxy stains by heating them. The best way to do this is to place a cloth over the stain and then iron it. Finally, use a butter knife to scrape off the wax.
Be careful when using hot iron because placing the hot surface on the carpet for more than 30 seconds can burn the carpet fibers. The cloth you use should be white because a colored one can transfer the color to your carpet when you start ironing over it.
There you go! You don’t have to pay to have your carpet cleaned. The above hacks are easy to execute and you can try them out on your own.