How to care for your carpet

If your carpet is in a high traffic area or if there are pets inside the house, it may need special care. Scientifically proven is that one square meter can hold up to 2 pounds of dirt.

To maintain a healthy environment for you and your family follow these steps to keep your carpets looking great.

Treating liquid spills.

As soon as you notice liquid spills blot them with clean white cotton towels or with white paper towels, which allow you to gauge when the stain stops pulling away. Never rub because this will cause fibers to mat and push the spill into the pile. If the stain is persistent, dilute the spot with seltzer or club soda. Then continue blotting by pressing down dry towels until the area is nearly dry.

A simple cleaning solution for removing spots is a mixture of a few drops of clear dishwashing liquid in water. Apply to the spot, being careful not to saturate the carpet. Blot gently, then rinse with clean water and blot again.

Treating burn marks.

To disguise a small burn, cut off the blackened pile. Cut some carpet fibers from a discreet corner and anchor them with superglue into the burned spot. Then trim top to even it out.

Treating wax spills.

Scrape up dried candle wax with a spoon. Cover the remaining wax with white cloth or paper towels. Then iron on low heat and remove the cloth when wax is absorbed.

Treating pet stains

Pet urine left on carpets can permanently alter the dyes in carpet fibers, especially beige ones. Blot fresh stains as soon as you detect them with a clean white cloth. After absorbing as much moisture as possible, apply a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon clear dishwashing liquid and 1 cup tepid water. Blot with another dry clean towel. Continue alternating with a soapy towel and a clean damp towel until the stain is gone. For stale stains or persistent odor, call a professional carpet cleaner.

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