How to Clean and Maintain Carpets and Upholstery after the Holiday Celebrations
Hosting holiday get-togethers is one of the best parts of the season. But with big reunions, big dinners, and a lot of fun often come big messes. So, what are the most affected areas in your home after Christmas celebrations?
One of the major problems faced by most homeowners is how to clean the carpets and upholstery after a party. The general rule for carpet cleaning is… the sooner the better! …so, this means that if you act fast, the less you will need to clean.
Here are a few DIY ways in which you can clean the carpet and bring it back to its original condition.
Drinks: Some of the most common spills on your carpet or upholstery are soft drinks and wine. If this happens, blot the area with a tissue or a dry cloth to absorb the moisture. Once you’ve completely blotted the area, you can gently clean the area with warm water and dishwasher liquid.
Food spills: For minor spills, you can use baby wipes to wipe and clean the area. For solid stains like ketchup or chocolate, dip a cloth in white vinegar and apply it onto the stained spot. Repeat this several times until the stain disappears.
Candlewax and gum: Removing candlewax and gum from carpet or upholstery without damaging the material is a tricky affair. For this, freeze the candle wax or gum using ice. Once frozen, carefully pull it out from the carpet using an unsharpened object like a spoon. If there is any water residue, blot the carpet with a towel. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.
Bad odor: To eliminate bad odors from your carpet, sprinkle baking soda abundantly onto the carpet. Let it stay for a period of time, preferably overnight. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly to remove the powder.
Oil: To remove an oil spill on the carpet, place a paper towel over the spill and iron the paper towel on a warm setting. The oil will be absorbed into the paper towel. Vacuum the area thoroughly and wash with a dishwashing detergent.
The above tips will help you handle spills and accidents that occur on your carpet. However, if you are not able to clean it as thoroughly as you would like, help is always at hand.
Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavily soiled issues with your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type of carpet, and color of carpeting.
A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
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