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Getting Rid of Reappearing Spots

There are spots, and then there are annoying spots that magically reappear even after you clean them. Theses bad boys can be a pain in the behind, but if you know how to clean them properly, you can stop their reappearing act.

One of the major causes of this problem is called “wicking.” Wicking happens when there’s a large amount of liquid that causes the spot. This could happen with urine, soda spills or any other spill with a large volume of liquid where the liquid saturates the carpet and gets to the backing of the carpet or through to the pad. Over time the liquid will make its way up to the top of the fibers, and voila, the stain reappears.  If you have your carpets professionally cleaned, then this wicking problem is not very likely to happen.

Another major cause of reappearing spots is called residue spots. Residue spots are leftover residue that’s left from the spot itself or from the cleaning agent. This happens when oily residues occur, like with lotions, adhesive or from improper cleaning.  It’s not quite visible on its own, but dirt and dust stick to the area, making it a visible spot that a vacuum can’t pick up. Use proper and aggressive spot cleaning techniques to get rid of residue spots.

Remember that most of these reappearing spots can be removed by professional carpet cleaners; however, if they are permanent, a legitimate carpet cleaning business will tell you up front that there’s a chance the spot will not be removed.

Keeping Your Carpets Smelling Fresh

If you have pets in your household running a muck around your furniture and carpet, then your carpet will eventually absorb their foul smells. It’s not just your pets though, it’s also your shoes, what you spill and anything else that constantly hits your carpet. Here are some friendly tips on how to make your carpet smell fresh and clean.

  • Vacuum and clean your carpets on a weekly basis. The less bacteria there is, the less your carpets will smell.

  • This one is easy: remember to place a mat (that works) on your front porch and a sign that says “wipe shoes first.” This will reduce the amount of crud being brought into the house.

  • Buy some carpet deodorizer or you can use something that already may be in your kitchen: baking soda. It’s simple, non-toxic and cheap!

Deodorizing with Baking Soda:

Pour the package of baking soda abundantly on the musty or smelly areas of your carpet. You should then even the coat on the carpet. Let the baking soda sit on the carpet overnight or longer; the longer it soaks in the better it works.

When the baking soda is all soaked in, it’s time to vacuum. Vacuum the excess baking soda until it’s all picked up. If you still smell the odor, then you can repeat the process.

This is the best way to clean your carpets and have them smell fresh. Baking soda is cheap, very efficient, and can be used for many different things around the home, so always keep some handy.

Save Money With These Household Tips

There are a lot of ways to save money by doing simple little things that you overlook. Here are several of those “simple little things” that you can do!

Ways to save money here and there:

  • Turn off your air conditioning when you’re at work and your kids are at school. This one is a no-brainer, but sometimes we forget or just leave it going because it’s nice to come home to a cool atmosphere.

  • Clean your filters at least once every month. When your filters are dirty, the debris can block the airflow, leading to reduced efficiency.

  • Try investing in some ceiling fans. Ceiling fans circulate the air and keep rooms quite cool. You can even try putting a fan in your attic, as it will help pull cool air into your house.

  • Install window tint on your windows to cut down the temperature in rooms that have the most sunlight hitting them. Blinds and curtains work well too.

  • You can also install dimming switches so that you only use just enough light for you to do work.

  • Unplug your electronics, such as your microwave, laptops, phone charges and so on. These generate heat, and they also bleed your energy from the outlets.

Those things aren’t so hard to do now are they? The hard part is remembering, but you can just print this blog out and slap it on your refrigerator!

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