Carpets are still the most common choice as a floor covering for new homes today. They offer such a wide choice of colors, styles and textures and they provide a warmth, beauty and elegance that cannot be compared to any other type of floor surface.
In homes with kids and pets it is guaranteed that at some point there will be damage to the carpets. This is something that cannot be avoided but you can be prepared when it happens. One common problem that you run into with kids is when they start drawing on the carpet with markers. You can try to only let your children use markers in areas where there is no carpeting but occasionally when you turn your back this can happen anyway. Kids will also spill their drinks, drop their food, make the carpet sticky or generally cause damage to the carpet. Being prepared when these things happen is your best defense. You will find that some cleaning solutions work well with organic stains such as food or drinks and other cleaning products are designed to remove stains from marker, paint or melted wax.
With organic stains you can mix a solution of 1 tablespoon of a mild detergent and 1 cup of water. Put this mixture in a spray bottle
so it can be applied lightly to the stain and for any tougher stains from marker, paint or melted wax you should keep a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol on hand.
With a fresh spill, you should scoop up as much of the spill as possible. Then you should blot the area with clean white cloths to remove as much of the moisture as you can. It is important that you do not rub the carpet as this will almost always cause permanent damage. If the spill has dried on the carpet, you should scrape away as much of the spill as you can without damaging the fabric. Next, you should spray the dish detergent solution to the stained area and blot with a white cloth. Repeat this process until there is not any stain showing on the towel.
With stains like marker, paint or melted wax you should follow the same procedure and also spray rubbing alcohol on the stain and dabbed with clean white cloth. You should also repeat this until you are not getting any more stain on the cloth. With little persistence you will find that you can remove most marks.
With your pets you will find that the biggest problem that you can run into is if they urinate on the carpet. Not only does cat urine have a terrible odor but it is high in ammonia and can do a great deal of damage to the carpet. It is very important to remove pet stains as soon as you notice them. The best method of doing this is to purchase an enzyme cleaner from a pet store and make sure that you always have a supply on hand because these accidents occur at the most inconvenient times. Most enzyme cleaners should be sprayed on the pet stain and allowed to sit. The enzymes in the cleaning solution are designed to digest the stain as well as neutralize any odors. After this solution has been left for 15 to 20 minutes you can dab up any excess moisture and then just allow the carpet to dry.
Even though effective spot cleaning is your best defense to avoid damage to your carpets it is necessary to deep clean your carpets on a regular basis to preserve their looks. Whatever method is used to clean the carpet should not use too much water. Leaving the carpet too wet after it has been washed is a perfect recipe to cause the carpet to buckle or develop mold and mildew which can be very hazardous to your health.
With the thousands of dollars we invest in our home on carpets you will find by following these simple cleaning solutions that you can preserve the appearance of your carpet for many years. It will maintain its elegance and beauty while you live in your home.
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