There are few more annoying things that finding your carpet has been stained. While coffee and red wine can be easily removed, problems such as dripped candle wax can leave many home owners scratching their heads and wondering what to do.
Good carpet maintenance is not only vital if you want your flooring to remain in pristine condition but can also lengthen its life span quite considerably. Here are some excellent tips for cleaning away those difficult stains and keeping your carpets in tip top condition:
1. The Candle Wax Issue
While this might seem like a big mess and you may think there’s no chance you’ll be able to clean it up, the solution is simple. First, you need an iron and some paper towels. You will need to heat the iron up enough so that it melts the wax but isn’t so hot that it burns and damages the carpet fibres. Put the paper towel over the candle wax stain and move the iron gently back and forth. The melted wax should soak into the paper towel. All you need to do is keep repeating until all the wax has been removed.
2. Always Blot Don’t Scrub
Whatever stain has been dropped on your carpet, whether it’s red wine or worse, scrubbing the fibres can just make things worse. Always clean stains as soon as they occur and use a blotting motion that lifts up things like red wine rather than spreading it around.
3. Things to Clean With
If you don’t have a proper carpet cleaner in your home, there are a couple of things you can use which work for those emergencies. Shaving gel sprayed onto a stain and left to dry for about thirty minutes is one option. Once it’s ready, simply blot up with a dry cloth and then spray with a mix of white vinegar and water to get rid of the rest of the stain.
If you’ve dropped something greasy onto the carpet, a dishwasher detergent can do the job of breaking it down. Spray a little over the surface, leave for a few seconds and then blot up until it’s removed.
4. Chewing Gum Problems
The old iron and paper towel trick for candle wax won’t work here. What you need to do is entirely the opposite and freeze the chewing gum. Get some ice cubes out of the freezer and place these around the offending area for about half a minute. You can then lift the gum off. Some residue may be left but you can gently cut this free with a pair of scissors and no one should notice.
5. Blood Stains
For those times when you cut yourself in the kitchen and end up spreading drops of blood onto the carpet or your youngest kid comes in with a knee injury, keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide handy. Blot the area with some washing detergent first and then put some peroxide on what remains. It will froth up a little but once that stops, again blot it up with a dry cloth.
6. Keep Your Carpet Clean
Regular vacuuming of your carpet is important, particularly if you have kids and pets. It keeps the area relatively free of dust and things like fleas and mites which can become ingrained over time. Get into the habit of giving your carpet a clean at least every couple of days and you’ll greatly increase its life span and improve the health of everyone in your home.