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Lions and tigers and….Stains?  Oh my.

Lions and tigers and….Stains? Oh my.

  • Why stains should not be a reason to clean your carpet

People have all sorts of stains.  Red stains, blue stains, pink stains, and purple stains.  I mean, pick a color on a color wheel.  No forget that, pick a color out of one of those Crayola 120 color crayon boxes, and know that that color has been stained on a carpet somewhere, somehow.  Stains happen all the time.  So why should they not be a reason to get your carpets cleaned?  That’s easy.  Because stains can be easily cleaned by you at home right when they happen!

How to clean stains.

  • Focus on the right things

When a stain occurs often a person looks for the exact chemical or tool to remove whatever caused the stain.  Forget what the stain is at first.  It doesn’t matter if you spill red wine or milk, there are two kinds of stains.  Wet stains and dry stains.  If the stain is dry it’s probably already set in.  These types are harder to get out.  For these you can check out my blog post on “How to get out a permanent stain” or you can call a professional like me!

 

Wet stains.  The best time to get a stain out is right after it happens.  Most people run for a wet rag.  If you are running for one right now STOP IT!!!  I am teasing, but seriously, stop it.  Rubbing a stain with a wet rag can permanently set it into your carpet.  Forget the wet rag and go for a dry rag and or some paper towels.

Step 1 – If there are any large pieces that are not liquid, remove them with your hand or a spoon into the trash.

Step 2 – Blot.  Don’t rub.  Take the dry towel, lay it on top of the wet stain, and press your hand firmly down on top of the towel.  The liquid staining your carpet will start to soak into the dry towel.  Once you feel its wetness on your palm rotate the towel to a dry section and repeat.

Step 3 – Pressure.  As you blot out the liquid using the technique above keep a large amount of pressure on your palm.  The easiest way to do this is to put your weight on the arm pressed against the towel.  Doing this will allow the maximum amount of liquid to soak up out of the carpet and into the towel.

Step 4 – Continue rotating the towel to a dry section, or get a new towel if needed, and put pressure on it until no more liquid comes out of the carpet.

Step 5 – At this point most times you will find that the stain is gone.  If your stain is gone, give yourself a pat on the back, stop reading this blog, and relax! If it is not you can go on to step six, or check out my blog on stain removal HERE.

Step 6 – So the liquids gone, the carpet is slightly damp, and the stain is still visible.  Grab some clear hand soap and mix it with water.  Use around one fourth of a teaspoon of clear handsoap per quart of water.  Rinse the spot with the soapy water.  Then dry the stain using the blotting techniques from steps two through four.  Repeat until the stain is gone!

It’s all in the…feet?

It’s all in the…feet?

Five Reasons to clean your carpet every six to twelve months.

 

  1. Your feet.

Feet, they seem innocuous enough.  They hide in shoes and socks throughout day, only to come out into the open late at night when we are safely home.  Once inside where no one can see them we let them out to wiggle gleefully on our cozy carpeted floors.  What harm can it do we say to ourselves…what harm indeed.  Did you know that according to foot.com, a site on foot health, the average foot has 250,000 sweat glands!  Crazy right!  No wonder they smell so bad.  And how much sweat do those 250,000 sweat glands pump out?  On average your feet pump out a half pint of sweat each day!  When that sweat isn’t oozing into your socks and shoes its seeping into your carpet.  Sure over the course of a day or a week that number is not that significant, but over the course of a year that is almost twenty three gallons of sweat.  The salty and oily residue left behind is not something that a vacuum can pick up.

We give dust such cute and fun names like dust balls and dust bunny’s.  Why that is I don’t exactly know.  According to the cleaning encyclopedia by Don Aslett more than 40 million tons of dust settles on the United States every year.  Of that dust forty pounds of it falls in your house each year.  Trust me when I tell you, there is nothing cute about a forty pound bunny composed entirely of dust.  As much as 80% of that forty pounds of dust gets picked up by dusters, vacuums, and brooms.  The rest of the dust settles into places like the bottom of your carpet backing, and latches on to foot oils in your carpet fibers.

First they were a twinkle in your eye.  Later they were that little butterball that kept you up late at night, but somehow still made you happier than you had ever been in your life.  Then they became a whirlwind of energy and excitement.  Constantly flying from the front yard inside to watch TV, and then back outside to jump on the trampoline, then back inside to wrestle on the couch, then back outside to….well you get the idea.  Sure you take your shoes off at the door and do your best not to track anything into the house, but children.  Well they are a different story.  There is only one statistic for how much dirt a child brings into a house, and it is your eyes, and elbow grease.  You are the one watching them and cleaning up after them every day.

  1. Your Lungs.

Carpet cleaning your house regularly can help pull up pet dander, dust, and pollens that have latched into your carpets.  Removing as much of these as possible can help lessen the effects of asthma, and help you breath better air.

  1. Traffic Lanes

No, I’m not talking about the white dotted lines that separate you from the other cars whizzing home during rush hour.  I’m talking about your carpet.  The most visible effect of not carpet cleaning regularly is traffic lanes.