Carpet Cleaning Tips: Powder or Shampoo?
When it comes to cleaning carpets, plain old soap and water just isn’t going to cut it, especially if you’re dealing with persistent stains, deep-seated odors, or years worth of caked-on dirt. Most people go for either carpet powder or carpet shampoo when cleaning the carpets in their home.
For tackling stains and dirt, it’s worth looking for a dedicated carpet powder rather than a shampoo if you want to make it a quick job. Shampoos can take hours to dry, leaving the room off-limits until ready. Powdered products can be vacuumed up much quicker, and do just as good a job.
Whatever carpet cleaning product you use, make sure to read the directions and follow any instructions.
Natural Carpet Cleaning Products
If you’d rather use a natural product to clean your carpet, there are some everyday kitchen cupboard staples that work wonders. Most people have heard about using soda water or tonic water to counteract coffee stains, but salt is also a good alternative for removing dirt or soaking up fresh stains. Also, baking soda absorbs those nasty smells hiding amongst the fibres. Remember, when using a new cleaning method or product – always test it on a small area first.
Handy Carpet Stain Remover Tricks
For isolated stains, it’s always best to remove them before they really dry into the carpet material. Remember, don’t be tempted to wipe any stains – blot them instead to prevent the stain from smudging or going deeper into the carpet. While you can spot clean using a detergent, it’s also worth trying these handy stain remover tricks, too, depending on the source of the stain:
- For sticky stains like gum, harden it using an ice cube before prying it off.
- For smelly stains, mix equal parts vinegar and warm water and apply to the area with a cloth.
So there you have it – stain-free carpets, and fresher, brighter-looking rooms can be yours!