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How to Clean Your Carpet and Keep It Smelling Fresh

A clean carpet is important to maintain the atmosphere at home and the well-being of your family members. Here’s some useful tips how to clean carpet.

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A carpet is designed to lift the aesthetics of your living space. Stained and unkempt carpet will end up doing the exact opposite. You do not want your guests to be distracted by the awful smell of tea spilled on your carpet the last weekend, while talking to you. So, treat the stains as soon as you spot them.

Use the tips given below on how to clean carpet and preserve the good looks of your carpet for longer.

Ingredients to Keep Handy:

a) Paper towels

b) Dishwashing liquid

c) Baking soda

d) Liquid detergent

e) Vacuum cleaner

f) Butter knife

g) Ground cloves

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Removing Oil or Grease Stains on Your Carpet

  1. Step 1: Blot the Carpet

    Blot the oil and grease stains on your carpet as soon as you spot them using paper towels.

  2. Step 2: Apply Liquid Detergent

    Once, you’ve absorbed the excess liquid, cover the stain with an effective laundry detergent. You can try Surf Excel Matic Liquid; being a liquid it leaves no residue behind (like powders do). Test the detergent on an inconspicuous area first to ensure there is no dye transfer or any other kind of untoward reaction. Let the detergent act on the stain for 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3: Wipe and Vacuum

    Then, wipe it off with a damp cloth. Let the carpet air dry.

If you suffer from dust allergies, you must vacuum your carpet as frequently as thrice a week. Run the vacuum cleaner in both, horizontal and vertical directions. A carpet has many loose threads. Ensure that you’ve covered every fibre on your carpet by moving forward and then backwards during the vertical run. Move from left to right and then, right to left during the horizontal run.

Removing Chocolate Stains on Your Carpet

  1. Step 1: Scrape Off the Dried Residue

    Start by scraping off the dried chocolate stain with a butter knife.

  2. Step 2: Run a Vacuum Cleaner

    Your next step is to run a vacuum cleaner on and around the stained area to remove any further residue. This will make your further cleaning easy.

  3. Step 3: Clean with Liquid Detergent

    Now, pour 3-4 drops of liquid detergent directly on the stain and dab the stain using a cotton cloth. Make sure you dab the stain and not rub it, to avoid spreading it further.

  4. Step 4: Place Paper Towels

    Now, place a few paper towels on the stained area.

  5. Step 5: Iron on the Stain

    Set your iron on a low-heat setting and run it over the stained area. Here, the paper towels will absorb the stain. Allow maximum air circulation to let the carpet dry completely.

Removing Juice Stains on Your Carpet

  1. Step 1: Blot the Stain

    Take a few paper towels and start blotting the stain. Try to sprinkle lukewarm water on the stain if it has dried, and blot again.

  2. Step 2: Make a Cleaning Solution

    Mix 2 tsp. of dishwashing liquid in 3 cups of water, and spray it on the stain.

  3. Step 3: Clean with Cotton Cloth

    Now, dab the stain with a cotton cloth. Repeat this step if needed. By now, the stain should be gone.

Removing Odours on Your Carpet

  1. Step 1: Sprinkle Baking Soda

    You can liberally sprinkle some baking soda all over your carpet. Baking soda is a deodorising substance that absorbs the bad smell from your carpet.

  2. Step 2: Add Ground Cloves

    Add ground cloves if you want to leave your carpet with a fresh, natural scent.

  3. Step 3: Vacuum Your Carpet

    Please note that vacuuming your carpet after treating it with baking soda is important to remove its residue. Follow the instructions on the product manual of your vacuum cleaner to understand the right setting and usage method.

  4. Step 4: Steam Your Carpet

    For thorough cleaning, consider steaming your carpet with carpet steamer. Fill the tank up with the suggested amount of water in the product manual and 1-2 tsp. of liquid detergent. Your carpet is made up of delicate threads, so avoid using harsh detergents. Check the product manual to understand the right way of using it.

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How to Maintain the Cleanliness of Your Carpet?

Once you’ve found the best way to remove smells from your carpet, it’s a good idea to keep the odour from building up again. Wondering how to eliminate carpet odour entirely? Here is a list of ways you can prevent any bad smell in carpets:

Open up the windows and let fresh air come in. Allow the air to flow freely to prevent mould and mildew from growing on your carpet.

How many times you vacuum your carpet depends upon if you have pets or children living with you. Since children tend to spill and pets shed hair, you may have to vacuum every alternate day. Otherwise, once in 4 days or once a week is fine.

The maximum amount of dirt deposited on your carpet comes from outside shoes. Start a no-shoe on the carpet rule.

Train your pets to stay away from carpeted areas. Build them a cozy corner by the window or if you have a lawn, encourage them to play in the lawn.

You do not want the carpet to absorb the cigarette smell or get ruined by cigarette butts. So, ask the smokers to step out.

There you go! Remember to air out your carpet once in a while because it needs to breathe. Dust the carpet and hang it to allow for air circulation. Don’t place it under direct sunlight but ensure that the carpet is not left in a damp place. The room should be well-ventilated and receive ample natural light.

A clean, fresh-smelling carpet is the perfect way to welcome your guests. But, even when you do not have visitors, having a clean carpet will keep you in good spirits.

Key Step

Clear the carpet area before you start cleaning it. You do not want the unnecessary exhaustion of picking up objects from the carpet while running a vacuum cleaner. Move the furniture if you can, and ensure that every corner of the carpet is thoroughly cleaned. 

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