There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting down on a Sunday morning with a nice cup of coffee and reading the newspaper. That is, of course, until you spill some of that coffee on your otherwise pristine carpet – that’ll ruin your day quick smart. It could be by bumping the table your cup is sitting on, it could be from shaky hands as you bring the cup to your mouth, or – the worst of these – it could even involve you tripping and dropping the cup entirely. Whatever your coffee spill, large or small, here are some carpet cleaning tips to help get you through the ordeal.
1. Absorb the stain
The first thing to do is absorb the stain. Grab a clean white cloth or even some paper towels and begin dabbing firmly at the spot. Be sure to dab and not wipe; by wiping, all you’ll be doing is working the stain deeper into the carpet, and spreading it to boot. A dabbing or blotting motion will remove some of the stain while also keeping it in one place.
There are many different types of make-up, but they all have one thing in common: when they get into your carpet, they can leave a nasty stain. In this article, we offer a few good carpet cleaning tips for removing make-up from carpet.
You will need…
What you need will depend on the type of make-up you have spilt on the carpet. For nail polish, we would suggest non-acetone nail polish remover. Make sure there is no colour or fragrance. For blush or eye shadow, use around five drops of laundry detergent, and combine it with a cup of cold water. For mascara, go with a quarter teaspoon of dish-washing soap mixed with a cup of warm water. And for lipstick, we would suggest rubbing alcohol and a carpet dry cleaning solution.
In addition to your cleaning solution, you’ll also need a cloth – preferably a white one, as coloured cloths may result in dye bleeding into the carpet, depending on the solution you’re using. Paper towels are also a good option. You’ll also need a spray bottle with water. Grab a plastic spoon from the pantry, too – you’ll soon see why.
It’s never good when food is dropped on the carpet, but when baby food falls on the carpet there’s good reason to be concerned. In fact, baby food is one of the most difficult stains to remove from your carpet, because much of it is protein-based, and proteins can do a lot more damage than oil-based stains. As it goes, then, you’d be well-served in making sure that you clean up your baby’s mess as quickly as possible. In this article, we offer a few simple carpet cleaning tips for dealing with baby food.
You will need the following:
Before setting off on your baby food carpet cleaning adventure, make sure you have the following things on hand:
Painting your home is long and tiresome enough without having to worry about spilling paint on your carpets. We can’t count the number of times we’ve heard from people who’ve put newspaper down over the carpets directly beneath the area they are painting, only to later discover that a stray fleck or even a droplet has made its way mysteriously to some uncovered part of the room. Obviously, nothing’s going to eat more into the money you thought you’d save by doing the paint job yourself than having to replace your carpet or rug. Fortunately, paint stains can be removed; here are some great carpet cleaning tips.
1. Oil-based or water-based?
The first question you need to ask yourself is whether your paint is oil-based or water-based. Generally, you can gather this information by checking the label on the paint cans you’ve purchased. Oil-based paints are going to be much tougher for you to clean than water-based paints. The former usually involves the use of paint thinner or mineral spirits, while the latter usually involves nothing more than a bit of soap and warm water.
Babies can be unpredictable, but if there’s one thing we can predict with certainty it’s that, eventually, they’re going to make a mess. If you have a carpeted home, chances are this mess is going to take place on your carpet at some point too, whether through baby oil, baby food or baby urine. In this article, we’ll offer a few carpet cleaning tips for dealing with baby-related stains.
How to remove baby oil stains
Like any type of oil stain, baby oil repels water due to its slickness. This means it’s always going to be difficult to remove the stain using traditional methods. Instead, start by blotting at the stain as much as possible, inwards instead of outwards. Now place some baking soda on the oil stain, and allow it to soak for around 15 minutes. Give it a good vacuum.
Food stains on your carpet are never fun. In this article, we’ll offer a few carpet cleaning tips for removing four common food stains, including tomato sauce, chocolate, jam and banana.
1. Tomato Sauce
Start by scooping up any excess sauce gently, starting from the outside and working your way into the middle. This will stop the stain from spreading any further than it already has. It’s important to get as much excess sauce as you can away before you start cleaning it. Next, vacuum the area to remove any clumps that you can’t scoop up yourself. Once you’ve done that, rinse the stain with cold water and blot at the stain. It’s important to blot and not wipe. Next, spray some white vinegar onto the stain and allow it to sit for around 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse and blot again, leaving it to dry. If this doesn’t work, you can try club soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice or even dishwashing liquid.
There’s much that can go wrong with carpets if they’re not cared for properly. They can become tatty and frayed; they can wrinkle, buckle or bubble; and, as we’re all well aware, they can very easily become stained. However, perhaps one of the most troublesome things to deal with when it comes to carpets is the build-up of an odour. Smelly carpets make for a very unpleasant living environment as the stench begins to permeate the main living areas of your home. In this article, we offer a few handy hints for keeping your carpets odour-free, from carpet cleaning ideas to rules that prevent odours forming in the first place.
1. Vacuum regularly
The benefits of vacuuming are manifold. For example, by removing excess dirt and dust particles from your carpet before they have the chance to become fully entrenched, you’re strengthening the carpet’s very fibres and naturally prolonging its life. It pays to remember, however, that dirt doesn’t just weaken your carpets – it also makes them smell bad. Giving your carpets a regular vacuum will remove some of the odour-causing dirt that resides within.
It could be your child running into the house without removing their shoes after walking about in the rain. It could be your household pet innocently trotting through the home after rolling around in the mud outside. Or perhaps you’re the culprit – don’t worry, we won’t tell anybody! Whatever the case, removing mud from your carpet can be a real hassle, but it’s far from impossible. We’ll walk you through this simple step-by-step carpet cleaning tutorial on removing mud from your carpet.
1. Start by making sure the mud stain is totally dry. It’s much more difficult to remove a stain that is still wet than it is to remove a stain that is dry. Wait for the mud to dry out, or dab it with a towel or cloth until it has dried up.
2. With the stain now dry, the next step is to brush off some of the dry mud that hasn’t yet stained the carpet. You’ll be able to remove some of the dry mud with your hand, but if you use a hard brush you’ll be able to get rid of more. You could try going over the stain with a vacuum, too; this will help to loosen some of the dry dirt. Give it a brush afterwards and you might be surprised at how much of the mud you’ve managed to remove.
Anyone with kids knows – ink stains aren’t much fun to remove. They’re not the worst of stains, but they’re up there. Children of course don’t understand this, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a parent anywhere who doesn’t know what it’s like to find a big blue blotch on the carpet after the kids have left pens lying around. The good thing is, ink stains can be removed! In this article, we’ll take a look at seven simple steps to removing ink stains from your carpet. Whether it’s an accidental ink spill or the result of a mischievous child having taken liberties with a pen, we’ve got your carpet cleaning needs covered.
Start by sponging the stain with water. This method involves the use of light "dabs" with a damp sponge or cloth. It’s important to dab instead of wipe; if you wipe, you’re running the risk of the stain spreading further than it already has. When dabbing, be sure to start on the edges of the stain and move inwards, again to ensure it doesn’t spread.
They may not teach it in universities, but when it comes to carpet cleaning, there is much to be learned. Do you know, for example, about the adhesive properties of dirt? The importance of blotting instead of wiping? Or, perhaps, the benefits of carpet steam cleaning and hot water extraction? If some or all of these sound unfamiliar to you, then read on as we talk you through the basics of carpet cleaning.
The perks and perils of carpet
Carpets add warmth and comfort to your home, the kind of warmth and comfort that simply cannot be achieved with timber flooring or tiles. However, the downside of carpets is that they are more difficult to clean when they get dirty. This can be prevented, to a certain extent, with the implementation of house rules, such as the requirement of removing one’s shoes before entering a carpeted area, or the prohibition of food consumption in carpeted rooms. Eventually, however, one way or another, carpets are bound to get dirty.