Getting new carpet can feel like a luxury. You’ll want to walk around barefoot all day, feeling the soft, clean fibers beneath your toes. However, new carpet can lose its shine as fast as a new car, and you may find that drops, spills and just the grime from your own feet can settle into the carpet quickly, resulting in dingy or dirty floors. Before heading back to the carpet store in Bakersfield, CA, check out these carpet cleaning secrets that can help restore your carpet back to its initial clean shine:
- Regular deep cleaning: You may not realize how dirty your carpet is getting as you get used to the increasingly darker color. Vacuuming can help, but it doesn’t reveal the true dirt hidden at the bottom of the fibers and below. Regularly shampooing or steam cleaning your carpet will help remove and completely extract the dirt and debris hidden in the high-pile threads. A wet mixture will help clean the carpet better than dry vacuuming, as the water can penetrate the fibers all the way down. You’ll get the best results if you deep clean every six months.
- Blot stains: The best thing you can do for your carpet is take care of stains immediately when they happen. Whether it was a spill or accident, if you leave it there too long, you may have even more trouble getting it out and find yourself heading to the carpet store in Bakersfield, CA for a replacement carpet much sooner than you planned. You should always dab stains, never rubbing them. You can use a simple cleaning solution and cloth or paper towel to blot the stain carefully. Put pressure on the stain, allowing it to soak up the cleaning solution. Rubbing will just push the stain further into the carpet fibers, causing a premature breakdown. Blot from the outside of the stain inward, which will help contain the stain.
- Dishwashing detergent: For stubborn grease stains, try a cleaning solution of dishwashing detergent in water. Dishwashing detergent, because it’s made for cleaning dishes, is formulated to cut through grease, which will help whether it’s stuck on the bottom of a pan or in your carpet. Again, you’ll want to blot the stain rather than rubbing it further into the carpet fibers.
- Hydrogen peroxide: For blood stains (which we hope you don’t get many of!), hydrogen peroxide is the best tool for the job. Loosen up the dried blood with a solution of water and a mild detergent, then scrape up as much blood as you can. For the remainder of the stain, use hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain. It should foam when it comes into contact with the blood. Blot it away with towels.
- Club soda: For beer and wine stains, club soda can be a lifesaver. Blot the stain with a club soda-soaked cloth to see if it comes up. If there’s still some stain left on the carpet, you can try mixing a solution of white vinegar and water and spraying it onto the area. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Then, use a sponge to soak up the solution. Make sure to rinse the spot with warm water.
If it’s time to replace your carpet, check out All American Carpet Inc. Our carpet store in Bakersfield, CA is proud to provide the highest quality flooring options in the area. Give us a call today!
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