If you want your home to look great the best place to start is your carpets, for the simple reason they cover a greater area than anything else inside your home. I’m sure you think your cleaning skills are above average at the moment, but you can improve on them with these special carpet cleaning hacks. Start using them when the time is right and not only will your carpets remain spotless, but you’ll enjoy the fact your home looks and smells better than ever before.
Combine Essential Oil And Baking Soda
We already know baking soda has the power to do almost anything, and one of its qualities is the ability to absorb bad smells. What do you think would happen if you combined it with an essential oil? It would kill bad smells while creating a gorgeous one at the same time. Mix in a dozen drops of your favorite essential oil with around 30 tablespoons of baking soda inside a glass jar, and sprinkle it onto your carpet when you’re vacuuming.
Vacuuming A Shag Carpet
I know the shag carpet is one of the most difficult things to vacuum, and it’s because when you let the vacuum head loose it has a tendency to ruin your beautiful carpet due to extreme suction. The easiest solution is to use the hose attachment, which will take longer than usual. At least you won’t have a fuzzy carpet you’ll need to replace in a few years, because the hose attachment will still clean it while saving the shag you don’t want to lose.
Too Much Foot Traffic
There will be one specific area on your carpet everyone seems to hit as they walk past, and they also usually stand in the area for a prolonged period of time. Those depressed fibers will need to stand to attention again like good soldiers, and you can do it using a spoon. You don’t even need to use a magic spoon, because if you blot the area with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water, when you run the spoon sideways along the carpet all the fibers will spring back to life.
Time To Get Your Iron Out
Carpet cleaning is even trickier when you have kids, because they let chocolate and other tasty treats soak into the carpet and harden up before they tell you about them. You freeze chewing gum to clean it up, but the opposite is true with something like chocolate and you need to melt it with an iron before wiping away the stain. Just don’t forget to lay a damp cloth down first, otherwise you’ll end up with burned carpet fibers you won’t be able to clean up.
Fluff Up Indentation Marks
Nobody will keep their furnishings in the same spot forever, and when it’s time to move them you’re left with squashed fibers again. This can easily be solved with your iron, but only after you’ve left ice cubes to melt into the indentations. Soak up any excess water softly with a dry towel, then use the damp cloth and iron combination we’ve already talked about. Stop when you think the carpet fibers are almost dry before finally playing around with them using your fingertips.
The Mighty DIY Carpet Cleaner Potion
To make a non-toxic carpet cleaner that will dig deep into the fibers cleaning everything in its path you’ll need a few ingredients to put in your carpet cleaning machine. The not-so-secret-now potion consists of a gallon of hot water, a few tablespoons of fabric softener, half a dozen drops of essential oil, a quarter cup of white vinegar, a couple of tablespoons of dish soap, and a 3/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Say goodbye to dust mites, nasty allergens, and a whole lot more.
Cleaning Loop Carpeting
Too many people make a basic error when cleaning loop carpets. To cut a long story short, if you own one of these carpets you should know there are more places for stuff to hide. You think it looks clean, and it would be if you had a cut pile carpet, but you’re actually not cleaning it properly. You need to make sure you pay special attention to these types of carpets for health, hygiene, and longevity reasons. When cleaning the carpets, give it all you’ve got and then some.
Always Look For Special Hacks
The carpet cleaning hacks we’ve talked about today only scratch the surface, and if you used your imagination I’m sure you could come up with a lot more on your own. At the end of the day, when you start implementing them it will make your life easier at the very least. Some of them might not apply to you, which is fine, but don’t forget about the ones you can use. If you don’t believe in their power you can try them out once at the very least to see how they stand up when put to the test.