Being a parent is a tough job – changing diapers, nurturing, feeding and playing are just few of the responsibilities that define this position. And while all moms successfully complete all these tasks, keeping a home neat and sparkling clean may be the toughest of the chores. Especially if there are carpets involved. Let’s be honest, when there are kids around, accidents happen. And we’re not talking about scattered toys, broken crayons and wall scribbling. We rather refer to spilled juice boxes, smudged chocolate, crushed crackers, muddy footprints,etc. If all your hard surfaces were tiles, wood, linoleum or laminate, your job would be a piece of cake as you would only need to wipe the floor up. But with the absorbent power carpets have, cleaning spills and tough stains requires time, equipment and skills. Even though it seems like a job for a professional, you can easily clean carpets on your own. Yes, it is recommended to have carpets deep cleaned once a year. For this it is best to entrust carpet cleaning Brisbane specialists, but for maintaining your carpets throughout a year, use the tips we’ve singled out below for you.
Deodorize – It is very important to deodorize carpets, especially if you have kids and/or pets. And instead of spending money on finished products which are loaded with chemicals, open your pantry and get out that baking soda. Baking soda is not just for baking and teeth whitening – it is the best natural deodorizer. And it’s simple to use. Just sprinkle baking soda over your carpets, let it sit for a few hours (or overnight, if necessary) and then vacuum it up. Baking soda will absorb all bad smells. This is particularly effective on the carpets that have undergone water damage restoration.
Make Your Own Carpet Cleaning Solution – Having problem with a stubborn stain? Why spend money on expensive cleaning solutions when you can make your own. Mix dish washing detergent with clean water (equal parts) in a spray bottle. Spray the solution directly on the stain, let it penetrate, and then dab with a clean, damp cloth. If necessary, repeat until the stain is gone.
DIY Steam Cleaning – To remove stubborn stains even easier and without breaking a sweat, make your own steam cleaner. Steam cleaning is one of the most popular and effective carpet cleaning methods, but renting a machine or hiring professional every time your kid accidentally knocks over a glass of red wine on the floor is expensive. Instead, steam clean using the above mentioned homemade carpet cleaning solution and iron. Spray homemade carpet cleaner and let it sit for a while. Fill your iron with water and heat it up. Holding the iron few centimeters over the stain (make sure the iron is not touching carpet fibers as the heat can damage them), press the steaming button and then dab with clean cloth to remove the stain.
Say Goodbye To Greasy Stains – If your kid dropped oily food on a carpet, try cleaning it right away. First, scrape off gently as much as possible. Then sprinkle some cornmeal over the stain, let it sit for at least half an hour and then vacuum as usual. You may have to repeat the procedure few times, but it is worth your time as it will save you a lot of money you’d have to spend on professional carpet cl