Family, pets, and kids, along with yourself, contribute to all the bacteria and mess on your floors and carpets. Stains are bound to happen, but there are proper ways to get rid of those stains and get rid of most of the bacteria. First of all, you should use a non-toxic antibacterial solution, just like professional carpet cleaners use.
After you clean up after accidental messes or stains, there are still microorganisms that can’t be seen by the human eye. You should use a non-toxic antibacterial solution, and you can make a very effective one yourself at home. Get two cups of baking soda and mix it with one cup of vinegar in order to make a paste. Vinegar is an antimicrobial substance, and baking powder is, of course, a universal cleaner that can has a variety of uses, including deodorization. Before you use the mix, test it out on a small piece of your carpet first. Then, you can rub in the solution in a circular motion on the stained area with a clean white cloth. Let it sit for a couple of hours to do its magic. When the liquid has evaporated, you can vacuum the area.
Antimicrobial solutions are great at helping to get rid of mildew, urine, bacteria, sewage, contaminants, and water damage. If bacteria in your home aren’t cleaned up, it can severely affect your skin, allergies, and make you more susceptible to illnesses. You don’t even have to limit the antimicrobial solution to just your carpet, as you can use it anywhere in your home, such as your kitchen tile, upholsteries (check first to see if it won’t ruin it), couches, fabrics, etc.
Carpet flooring is by far a favorite for homeowners because there are quite a few advantages it has over tile or wooden flooring. No matter what look you are going for, carpet flooring can make a home look just right. There’s extra comfort in carpets, especially when you’re walking around barefoot, and it provides more warmth than other types of flooring.
The negative about having carpet flooring is the stains. Accidents happen all the time, and tiny spills here and there can build up and become unappealing to the eye, as well as it can become a hazard to the atmosphere of your home. Once a spill happens, you must act upon it immediately, blotting out the stain the best you can with cleaners. A weekly vacuuming of the carpet is also a plus. For areas that aren’t used as frequently, vacuum once a week. For areas that are used often, try to vacuum them twice a week. There are also tips and tricks you can learn to lift particular types of stains.
Wine stains need to be cleaned with cold water and salt before being vacuumed. Acid stains need to be cleaned with baking soda, cold water and club soda. Both need to be blotted and not rubbed in.
If your carpets meet a flood or water damage, make sure you have your carpets serviced by a certified and trusted carpet cleaning company. If you attempt to clean up the flood damage, you will more than likely miss spots that can create mold and mildew. In addition, you should have major pet stains or burned parts cleaned up by professionals as well.
If you have plush carpeting, make sure to vacuum the carpet at least twice. Once through will not be enough for a plush type of carpet. For areas with heavy traffic, make sure to go over the carpet in a criss-cross pattern and go over them several times. Make sure to clean your carpets well, and they’ll have a long life.
Even if your wallet is feeling a little thin, you can still buy quality rugs for your home. There are cheap area rugs that are everywhere if you search for them, helping you add a nice little accent to any one of the rooms in your home. Search for discounts or go to stores with only discounted items and you’ll end up finding a variety of rugs to pick and choose.
When you find a few rugs that match your style, make sure that you know where you’ll be placing the rugs and how large the spaces for the rugs are. Even before you go out the door, make sure to measure the area for the rugs to get the appropriate rug sizes. Take note of the color scheme of the room as well, making sure you choose rugs that compliment the color of the room. Snap a picture or two of the rooms you plan on upgrading with rugs. This will save you from questioning yourself when you find a rug that might work, but don’t quite remember the exact color of the room. Make sure the rugs are functional, as well as it stylishly fits your particular living space.
Remember that most rugs are made of synthetic materials, meaning they can easily be cleaned. Make sure to vacuum the rugs normally, as you would your carpets (about once a week, depending on how often people step around the room). While vacuuming, be careful not to vacuum the fringes on the ends of the rug. Every once in a while, you should also shampoo your carpet to extend its life. You can also buy padding to place underneath the rug, preventing the rug from slipping. Some rugs come with padding, so make sure to check before you purchase the rug.