The Best Carpet Cleaning Hacks
Covering your floor with carpeting or rugs can make any room more cozy and welcoming. Regular cleaning keeps them looking their best and smelling fresh.
Thankfully, there are several easy hacks you can use to clean your carpets without spending a fortune on special cleaners or having to call in professionals every time.
Use these simple cleaning hacks the next time you want to freshen up your home’s interior design.
Borax is an excellent non-toxic carpet cleaner. Mix together 1/4 cup of borax and 1 quart of warm water in a spray bottle, and use it to wipe your carpets clean. It’s not only safe for you and your family, but it’s also environmentally friendly since it leaves no residue behind.
Vinegar is an excellent solution for cleaning carpets, thanks to its alkaline nature. Vinegar can help dissolve dirt and soap residue from your carpets while also neutralizing odors that may be lingering in your carpet. Mix vinegar with water in a one-to-one ratio, and then pour it on your carpet. After you let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse off both sides of your carpet with warm water before laying it flat to dry completely.
Get Rid of Bad Odor with Baking Soda
If your carpets need a little freshening up, you can use baking soda to eliminate bad odors. Sprinkle baking soda over problem areas and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then vacuum as usual.
Remove gum with ice
It’s no surprise that ice can be used to keep drinks cold, but did you know it can also remove gum from carpets? When you place an ice cube on top of a piece of gum it hardens. Once it’s solid, pick up both with a pair of tweezers. If it doesn’t break off easily, reheat it with another ice cube and try again.
Squeegee for Pet Hair
A great way to get rid of pet hair on your carpet is by using a squeegee. It’s simple to use and can get off some of that pesky pet hair before you start vacuuming. Lay out an old sheet or towel and work in sections at a time, slowly moving back and forth with the squeegee. This is helpful for hardwood floors too; there are no limits when it comes to what you can use your squeegee for!
Shaving Cream for Dirt Stains
If your carpet has stubborn stains, try some shaving cream! Just squirt a little on top of your stain, let it sit for an hour or so, and then vacuum it up. The cream will soak into the carpet fibers to loosen any dirt that’s stuck in there. Then, if you have time, repeat until all of your stains are gone.
Iron your Stains Away
The heat from an iron can break down mineral deposits that leave unsightly marks on your carpet. Turn your iron to a medium-hot setting and pass it back and forth over the stain until you see results. Be sure not to leave the iron in one place too long, or you risk burning up fibers.
Keep your lint roller at work to quickly remove small spills and dust bunnies before they get too far into your carpet fibers. It’s also great for removing pet hair! Try cutting up an old towel or t-shirt to make mini lint rollers to take on the go. Always be prepared and buy a multi-pack of adhesive sheet rolls, so you always have extra handy.
To keep your carpets clean, you needn’t be a slave to traditional cleaning. Instead, these hacks prove that easy and cost-effective solutions can save you time and money—and leave your carpets cleaner than ever.
Remember, if you don’t have the time or the interest of cleaning your carpet, give Lakeshore Cleaning & Restoration a try. We can keep your carpets feeling soft, smelling fresh and looking brand new by calling Lakeshore Cleaning & Restoration today at (905) 465-2337
Lakeshore also offers Commercial Carpet Cleaning for businesses and home offices.