CARPET CLEANING TIPS
Keep a DIY Carpet-Cleaning Kit Handy. It should include white, lint-free rags that can be slightly dampened to blot spills (never rub as it will push the spill into the carpet fibers). Basic tools include a spray bottle of water to lightly spritz and moisten the fibers and a soft-bristle brush to brush the fibers of the carpet back into shape.
1. Water is an amazing solvent. When a stain is fresh, a light spritz of water and white rag will blot up most stains. Sometimes club soda is another effective way. Simply pour it on the spot, let it set for a few seconds, and then sponge it up.
2. To remove candle wax from your carpet, put a white terry cloth towel or all white paper towel over the spot and then use your iron on the hottest setting. We like to spritz the area with water as well. Ironing will transfer the wax to the cloth.
3. To remove red wine from carpet: you can either treat the stain with club soda or cover the stain with salt to let it absorb the wine then vacuum up the residue. If the stain remains, wipe with a solution of detergent, water, and a few drops of white vinegar. Keep in mind that any type of detergent or soap will probably leave a residue that will attract dirt over time, so less is always more.
5. Don't let the sunshine in. UV rays from sunlight can age carpet. We recommend keeping shut blinds or drapes before you leave for the day. It will really make a difference for your darker carpet colors.
6. Welcome mats. One of our favorite tips, this is a great way to minimize dirt and particles entering your home by capturing them at the door. Mats placed at every entrance can minimize the amount of insoluble soils (dirt, hair, gravel, soil) brought into your home and tracked onto your floors. Having everyone wipe their shoes off before entering will reduce the wear and tear on your carpets, but just like your carpets the mats need to be regularly cleaned as well.
7. Change your air filters regularly. The accumulation of airborne dust and pollutants which infiltrate the home, causing dark lines along baseboards, stairs, and around doorways can be limited by changing your standard air filters every 3 months, more if you live in a dusty environment.
8. Protect your carpets with an added protector. Many carpets today have a protectant (Scotchgard) already applied to the fibers. This is great, but normal wear and tear diminishes the effectiveness over time. Re-apply once a year or after every professional, deep carpet cleaning.
9. Getting gum out of carpet isn’t as hard as you may think. Grab a couple of ice cubes and freeze the gum with ice cubes for about 30 seconds. Once the gum is hardened use a spoon to gently lift it up and then cut the strands of carpet as close to the gum as possible.
10. Lastly, but most important, is regular professional cleaning of your carpets. The best time of year? If you follow the recommendations of the manufacturers, then clean once every year and it won’t matter what season it is. Professionally cleaning the carpet is essential to keeping it looking fresh and new and can remove some of the stubborn stains.
Utah's Ioniclean, unlike others, uses Ion-Exchange technology that cleans with charged particles called ions...a powerful magnetic-like attraction. Enjoy the fresh and clean smell of a healthy, environment friendly, longer lasting and residue free carpet!