6 Fun Carpet Cleaning Facts All Homeowners Should Know

vacuumingIt’s obvious to most people that like every other item you own, your carpet has eventually be cleaned. Many people would argue that it costs too much money to hire someone or that it takes too much time to do it on their own, yet the consequences of not keeping it clean can possibly end up costing more in the end.

Carpet may look and feel soft on the exterior but deep within the fibers lie thousands of germs, dirt, and bacteria that can have undesirable effects on health; especially those with allergies. Kids and outdoor pets can only add to the problem, making it take even tougher to keep clean.

In a well-written article we discovered on LoneStarHardSurface.com, there are a handful of facts mentioned that will make you NOT want to miss a carpet cleaning again, which is the inspiration of this article today. The next time you think about laying around or doing yoga on your carpet, you may think twice about the last time you gave it a thorough cleaning.

Here are the 6 most interesting facts we took from the article:

1.) This is kind of a scary one, especially if you have kids.- The stomach bug virus can harbor deep in the fibers of your carpet for up to one month.

2.) Sprinkle salt in your carpet and let it sit in one hour in order to brighten it.

3.) Us humans lost around 1.5 million skin flakes in an hour which become embedded in our carpets.

4.) Many people’s carpets are seven times more filthy than city streets and 4,000 times more than a toilet seat. Talk about germs…

5.) This one may be obvious to some, but: The 5 second rule is non-existent. In carpet, bacteria can live longer than 4 weeks!

6.) Carpet should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Many people may think that the professionals just say that to earn more business but after reading some of these facts, wouldn’t you agree that it’s starting to sound like a good idea every minute.

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So when’s the last time you had your carpet cleaned?

DIY Carpet Cleaner for Effectively Removing Pet Odors and Stains

If you have indoor pets, you probably expect to smell the occasional odor every now and then, or come across a nice stain with your name on it.

Covering up these smells with air fresheners is only a bandaid, and will never neutralize the smell completely. Getting to the bottom of the stain or smell will be your only hopes of tackling it for good.

If you have to eliminate carpet stains and odors constantly it’s even more important to treat the problem early on, as it will only get worse. Sometimes animals will continue using the same spot on a carpet because they can sense where they have done it before, which can lead to a mess of an entirely different proportion if the problems isn’t addressed early on.

Here is what you will need to get started:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of 3% diluted peroxide

DIY Carpet Cleaning Solution

1.) Begin by blotting up as many of the stains as you can with paper towels.

2.) Mix the vinegar and water together and pour it on the spot or spray in on there. Spray just enough so that the solution gets deep down into the fibers of the carpet. Don’t overuse the solution, but certainly don’t be stingy.

3.) Using a scrub brush, toothbrush, or your fingers, work the mixture into the carpet without pressing down too hard.

4.) Blot every little drop of the water and vinegar until you can get it as dry as possible. If you want your carpet to dry faster, use a steam cleaner for faster absorption.

5.) When the spot is near the point of being dry, sprinkle some baking soda onto the stain.

6.) Work some peroxide into the stain using a pair of gloves and your fingers. Pay close attention from here because this solution together will turn into a giant foam.

7.) After a few short seconds, blot the wet area with paper towels to absorb all the water you can.

8.) Give the area time to dry completely.

9.) Once dry, vacuum over the area to remove any residue.