Tile Wizards Tips On Safely Cleaning Your Carpet
On several occasions, most especially during the cooler months – activities with friends and family tend to migrate from the outdoors to indoors. Whilst this is great in terms of avoiding the elements, it does put strain on keeping floors fresh – especially carpet. The regular question on every customer’s lips in terms of carpet is “how do I keep it clean”? Well, don’t fear we at Tile Wizards have five suggestions that will keep your carpet clean – the non-toxic way!
Our 5 Green Clean Tips for Carpets:
GREEN CLEAN TIP 1: Encourage family and friends to remove shoes upon entering the home.
Shoes track dirt and other substances onto carpets. If people can’t adjust to going shoeless, suggest that they wear house shoes that don’t go outside, slippers, or socks. In fact, bare feet can deposit natural skin oils on carpet, and the oils, in turn, attract dirt.
GREEN CLEAN TIP 2: Vacuum two or more times per week.
Regular vacuuming eliminates surface dirt on carpets before it has a chance to get ground in. Vacuum back and forth over the same spot several times, especially in high-traffic areas, to get all of the dirt and dust. Ensure that you vacuum thoroughly along walls and carpet edges, because dirt and dust accumulates there. Ensure that you have the appropriate head on your vacuum for carpet, which is called a Power Head. It has a spinning brush head that further helps to pull/brush the dirt and dust out of the carpet.
GREEN CLEAN TIP 3: Clean up spills on carpets immediately to prevent stains.
Soak up spills by covering them with clean white towels or paper towels and adding pressure e.g. walking on the towel placed over the stain. This is a surprisingly good way to soak up spills and messes. Scrape sticky substances off carpets with a spatula or spoon. Never rub the spill. That will damage carpet fibres and cause the stain to spread.
To Treat The Stain:
- Mix 1 cup warm water and 1/2 teaspoon mild liquid soap, such as dishwashing liquid or fine fabric detergent.
- Apply a small amount, blot by pressing a clean white towel into the carpet, and lift.
- Then repeat the process until the stain is removed.
* Don’t scrub. Be patient.
GREEN CLEAN TIP 4: Use baking soda to remove odour from carpets.
Carpet deodorisers and fresheners often contain fragrances that merely mask offending smells – baking soda soaks up the odour. Keep kids and pets away so they don’t inhale the baking soda while it’s applied. Simply sprinkle the baking soda over the entire surface of the carpet let it stand for 15 to 30 minutes and then vacuum.
GREEN CLEAN TIP 5: Place doormats at all entrances and encourage everyone to wipe their feet.
Wiping your feet keeps dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting on carpets. Large doormats that cover two or three strides will ensure that even those who forget to wipe will leave most of the dirt on the mat rather than on your carpet.
Tile Wizards Tip: Ensure that when you purchase your new carpet that it is scotch guarded! This will ensure that your carpet is stain resistant and easier in the long run to keep green clean!
For more information on green clean carpet, and to see our wide range of carpet products, pop into one of our local Tile Wizards stores!
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