Carpets are either your best friend or your worst enemy. They are lovely in winter; you never have to stand on cold floors.
Although when you have carpets and pets, those pesky stains are inevitable. You will always find a good pet stain remover in any pet owner’s home.
Do you need a professional carpet cleaning service, or can you do it yourself? The answer depends on many things, like your budget, the extent of stains, and the time it takes. Here are some cleaning hacks that might come in handy.
Get To Messes As Fast As Possible
There is nothing enjoyable about cleaning up a pet’s accident, but leaving the mess will create stains faster than the speed of light. Cleaning the mess as soon as possible eliminates the possibility of odor getting trapped in your carpet fibers.
Baking Soda And White Distilled Vinegar Are Your Friends
Baking soda and vinegar are widely known for their astonishing cleaning abilities. You can use vinegar to clean tiles, walls, pots and pans, and your fridge.
Using vinegar to remove odors and loosen food stains is common. When you mix equal amounts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle, you can use it to deodorize and clean carpet fibers.
Baking soda is an alkali that dissolves dirt and grease, making cleaning easier for you. As a bonus, it is non-toxic because it is a natural product that can also be used in food. A simple paste made of 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part of water can be an excellent cleaning solution.
Use A Squeegee
Pet hair is renowned for being difficult to remove with a vacuum cleaner alone. Lint rollers may also be useless because we’re talking about cleaning the entire area, and some pets’ shedding may be excessive. The squeegee will do the trick if your carpet has terse hair.
A rubber squeegee catches pet hair into bunches that can be easily picked up or vacuumed. Because the rubber grabs hair well, it can remove the hairs buried within the carpet fibers. A squeegee-edged rubber broom with rubber bristles also works.
Use An Iron To Remove Stains
You want to begin by vacuuming the area to remove dirt and debris. Next, use a 3:1 mixture of water and vinegar to spot-treat the area. Allow this combination to work its way into the stained fabric.
Finally, drape a towel over the soiled area and iron it with a hot iron. The pressure and heat allow the stain to transfer into the towel, similar to a reverse temporary water tattoo.
Blot, Don’t Rub
Our first instinct is to rub away the stain. Blotting the mess is more effective for picking up dirt without working it into the carpet fibers.
Another technique to preserve carpet fiber is to be mindful of the direction in which you blot. With this, to prevent the stain from spreading further, it is essential to blot inward from the outside.
It takes effort to keep your carpets clean and in good condition, especially if you have children or pets. If unsure whether a product suits your rug, test it on a small, inconspicuous spot first.