by Ilana Nevins
First impressions are always important so make sure that when people look at your floor, they don’t look down on you.
For the safest do-it-yourself carpet cleaning suggestions, read on:
Read Ingredients and Follow Manufacturers Instructions
It’s always important to follow the instructions for effective cleaning and to avid exposures.
Refrain from having children and pregnant women in the house for at least a few hours after the carpets have been cleaned. Be careful to avid breathing the chemicals which can have damaging affects on their bodies and brains
Always try to deal with stains as soon as they occur, but be careful to spot-check first. Apply a small amount of solution to a corner of the carpet to make sure it will work correctly.
It can push the stain deeper into the carpet. Instead, use a clean, soft towel to blot out the stain.
Try to use liquid dish soap or all-purpose solutions instead of detergent. Keep the windows open and extract water with the steam cleaner.
Some efficient and safe carpet choices include: AFM SafeChoice Carpet Shampoo, Bi-O-Kleen Bac-Out Stain and Odor Eliminator, Capture Carpet Cleaning System, Ecover Natural Stain Remover, Nature Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner, and Seventh Generation Natural Citrus Carpet Cleaner with hydrogen peroxide
Here are some home remedies that are easy and effective.
Mud: Rub salt on the stain, let it rest for an hour and then vacuum the spot.
Coffee: Rub club soda on the stain and then clean it with a sponge.
Red wine: While the spot is still wet, apply salt to it. Once it has dried, vacuum the carpet
Chocolate: Mix Borax and water until it becomes pasty, then rub it into the spot.
Grease: Cover spot with cornstarch or cornmeal, let sit awhile, then rub it in and vacuum
Cleaning your carpet can enhance the whole apartment. It’s easy, cheap and effective. It’ll be easy to impress others and to transform your apartment with these simple steps for cleaning your carpets.
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