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Tips & Fun Facts

  • To make a carpet brighter, sprinkle salt onto the carpet and let it stand for an hour before vacuuming it up. Salt is also effective in removing muddy footprints. (1)
  • All carpet should be professionally cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months. (2)
  •  To remove gum from carpet, try pressing ice cubes against the gym until it becomes brittle and breaks off. Then use a spot remover to get rid of the remnants. (3)
  • The five second rule is a myth: bacteria can live after four weeks on a carpet. And, thanks to “microbial adhesion,” germs such as the following are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis, a nasty bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting. (4)
  •  Club Soda is effective in getting up fresh stains in carpet. Just pour some on the spot, let it set for a few seconds, and then sponge it up. (5)
  • To remove candle wax from a carpet, place a brown paper bag over the spot and put a hot iron over it. The wax will be absorbed into the bag. (6)
  • To raise depressions in the carpet left by heavy furniture, hold a steam iron close enough for steam to reach the carpet, but don’t let the iron touch the carpet. Lift the fibers by scraping them with the edge of a coin or spoon. (7)
  • To eliminate a red wine stain on a carpet or upholstery, first absorb as much of the stain as you can with a clean cloth. A host of everyday products such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, soda ash, vinegar, club soda, and salt can help. For instance: when red wine hits a carpet or upholstery , blot up as much as you can using a clean white cloth or paper towel. Mix a teaspoon of dish-soap with a cup of hydrogen peroxide and blot it on the stain with a dry towel behind the fabric.
  • One of the best ways to eliminate colors fading from your furniture is to remove it from direct sunlight. Vacuum your upholstery as often as you can to eliminate dust and clean any stains or spills as soon as you can .Make sure the fabric on your upholstery is color fast and won’t be damaged by cleaning. Clean a small a hidden area and let dry.Shampoo mixed with water is a good general stain remover or fill a container with ½ dish detergent and ½ water. Wisk the mixture to a foam and gently shampoo a small area at a time using a spatula to lift away the dirty suds.
  • Baking Soda may also be used to absorb odors and moisture from a carpet. Simply sprinkle baking soda or corn starch on greasy stains and let the product sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming.

 References:

 1.) Brun,Erik.2001.How to Get Red Wine Out of a White Carpet. New York, NY: Black Dog and Leventhal Publications.

 2.) What's Hiding in Your Hotel Room?ABC.com January 15, 2006.

 3.) Brun,Erik.2001.How to Get Red Wine Out of a White Carpet. New York, NY: Black Dog and Leventhal Publications.

 4.) Maczulak, Anne E. 2007. The Five-Second Rule and other Myths about Germs: What Everyone Should Know about Bacteria, Viruses and Mildew. New York, NY: Thunder’s Mouth Press.

 5.) Brun,Erik.2001.How to Get Red Wine Out of a White Carpet. New York, NY: Black Dog and Leventhal Publications.

 6.) Brun,Erik.2001.How to Get Red Wine Out of a White Carpet. New York, NY: Black Dog and Leventhal Publications

 7.) Brun,Erik.2001.How to Get Red Wine Out of a White Carpet. New York, NY: Black Dog and Leventhal Publications