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Picking the Right Carpet Type

Style vs. substance is applicable to many things in life, including your choice of carpet. The type of carpet you choose will determine how easy it is to clean and maintain your home. The fiber type and construction of your carpet will give you an idea of how hard or how easy it will be to clean the carpet.

So, how much time and maintenance are you willing to spend on cleaning your carpets? The carpet you choose will determine all of that, so choose wisely. In choosing carpet types, Nylon is probably the most popular and best selling carpet fiber. It’s a bit more expensive than Polyester, but it does well with mildew and high traffic areas. Additionally, it’s wear-resistant and reacts well to movement of the furniture, as well as the weight. If you’re looking for the best all-around carpet type, Nylon may be where your search stops. Here are the other types of carpet you can get:

Olefin: This type resists staining, moisture, and color fading pretty well; it just doesn’t do very well with oily soils. This type of carpet would work best in a playroom, since it’s water resistant.

Polyester: This type is resistant to most water-soluble stains and can be easily cleaned; however, it doesn’t do very well against wear and tear. This may work for green-minded folks, as some polyester carpet is made from recycled soda bottles.

Wool Fiber: This type of carpet is luxurious, and is pretty expensive. It is resilient to traffic and wear, and is very soft. On the other hand, it doesn’t resist stains well and may turn yellow in long periods under the sun.

Another option is to use blends and combine characteristics of different fibers.

Anyways, choose your carpets wisely and make sure it’s appropriate for the type of room your putting it in. Do your research!

Cleaning Up Candy Stains

If you have kids, then you know your kids just can’t seem to keep food in their mouths, especially candy! The worst place they can spill the candy is on your precious carpet. Candy contains a variety of dies and plenty of sugar to make it a hassle to get off carpets. If sticky candy lands on your synthetic or wool carpet, DO NOT just rip it off, as the carpet fibers will rip.

First of all, if you have a sticky piece of candy stuck to your carpet, you’ll need to scrape it off with something like a butter knife. Scrape off as much of the sticky candy off the carpet as you can. Once you’re done carefully scraping off as much of the candy as you can, continue the cleaning procedure by blotting the area with a wet paper towel. Next, you will need to use a clean cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar. The vinegar will help in dissolving the remainder of the sticky candy residue.

At this point, the candy should be removed from the carpet. You should then flush the newly cleaned patch of carpet with water, and just allow the area to dry at its own pace. Remember that store-bought house-cleaners can also help get off sticky candy stains. Once your kids get older, print out guidelines of how to clean spills/stains and slap it on their bedroom door!

Drying Tips for Water Damage

If there’s a flood or leak in your home you need to act quickly to try and repair or restore items that have been damaged by water. There will be things that are permanently damaged, but you should sift through what can be saved.

Your carpet is a big target for water leaks. Determine whether or not the water from the leak or flood is coming from sanitary water, which comes from pipes or rain, or if it’s unsanitary water that comes from toilets, underground or sewage. Black or murky water that floods onto your carpets means that you should get rid of the carpet, as well as the carpet padding. Water damage can bring up serious health hazards even if it’s sanitary water, because moisture allows mold and bacteria to thrive.

D.Y.I Process for drying water-damaged areas:

  1. Move the furniture away from the water-damaged area.

  2. Disinfect the area that has been damaged by water. Mix about 3 tablespoons of bleach with a gallon of water and scrub the cleaning solution to the wet areas.

  3. Make sure the room is ventilated very well.

  4. Switch out the carpet padding. Reach the carpet padding by using a box-cutter. Keep the surface carpet elevated when removing the padding underneath. Put the new carpet padding in, and lay the carpet back down starting form the inside and moving out towards the edges.

  5. Adhere the carpet back down to the tack board with something strong.

  6. Acquire heavy-duty fans to blow directly onto the carpet for about 30 hours minimum. Use a dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.

If the carpet doesn’t seem to be getting dryer after about 12 hours, you will probably need to replace the carpet completely.

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