Saturday, July 6, 2013

eco-friendly carpet cleaning

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4 DIY Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning Tips

Hi, my name is Ben Clark.  I have two roles in life;  one of them is being a business owner, the other is being a dad. 
You might be shocked at how similar both of these roles can be.  On one hand, I clean up messes at home while on the other, well you get the point. 

Today I want to talk to you about cleaning up those messy spills that are all-but inevitable.  You may be interested to know that my business is a carpet cleaning company in Bakersfield, Ca.  I am literally an expert at cleaning up spills!  I will teach you some little-known tricks on getting stains out of your carpets. Best of all, these are eco-friendly and inexpensive. I'll show you how to use common household goods to remove most stains out of your carpets. ...Enjoy.

#1:  Use Table Salt:  
This trick is one of my favorites. Salt is highly absorbent, which means it will absorb stains.  Next time you spill a cup of strawberry lemonade on your carpet, dump a pile of salt on top of the stain. The salt will soak up most of the moisture, and you will probably be able to scrub out the rest.  I recommend you use a vacuum to clean up the salt.  The trick here is to give the salt enough time to do it's job.  Let the salt sit there for about 15 minutes before you touch it.  If the stain still appears to be "soggy" repeat this process until the salt you put down stops changing colors.

#2: Stains Are Sour: 
The good news is, your stain-remover is equally sour.  Did you know that a mixture of vinegar and water do a good job at removing smelly stains like pet urine? You can also use this to clean up coffee and wine.  I recommend you use a spray bottle to apply the mixture on your stain and you can scrub up the spot with a cloth.

#3: A Proper Meal: 
Do you have a grease stain? I bet you didn't know that it can be cleaned with cornmeal. Cover your stain with a healthy dose of cornmeal and wait about 30 minutes.  Vacuum up the "meal" and repeat.

#4: One Last Secret: 
Lastly, I'll share a little-known secret about carpet care.  Most stains are actually set by improperly cleaning them.

 Regardless of how you clean a stain, do not use colored soap. If you pour red dish soap over a stain, it will NOT fix your problem. Also, stains are exceptionally susceptible to dirt.  Go to great lengths to keep kids or pets from walking over the stain.  If you have plain soap, you can use that and a damp cloth to scrub your floor. 

That's it!  I hope these tips will help you.  Next time your son/daughter drops a pile of spaghetti sauce on the floor, just smile and get to work. Best of luck. 

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  1. Thanks for sharing the friendly carpet cleaning tips. These are really useful and helpful.

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  3. Outstanding tips, inexpensive and easy to obtain. Thanks.

    1. you are most welcome, thank you for your feedback :)

  4. Detergent attracts dirt. This is why it's important to rinse out any cleaning solution thoroughly. This is another reason why hot water extraction gets carpet cleaner than the "dry" methods. The bottom line is that you need to rinse well when you clean carpet (nettoyage de tapis).

    One way to clean stains is with the use of a shop-vac. No, you can't just suck out the stain, but you can repeatedly wash and rinse the area, and suck out the solution each time. This is a more effective method than blotting up the water with cloth, mostly because you won't have the patience to wash, rinse and extract enough times using paper towels or cloth.

    Another little secret of the carpet cleaners is putting rugs outside and inside the front door. They can catch much of the dirt that people bring in on their feet. This isn't just about less vaccuuming, though. Dirt is like thousands of little blades that cut carpet fibers. The damaged carpet stains more easily then, and it's harder to remove the stains. An even better practice is to take off your shoes in the house.

    Cooking soda and vinegar are wonderful natural deodorizers for carpets as they will easily reduce stink and they are affordable. To deodorize carpet with cooking soda, simply sprinkle it within the desired area and let it sit for half-hour, then simply vacuum. To use vinegar to be a deodorizer, mix a 50-50 combination of water and vinegar together within a spray bottle and lightly mist the desired area. The vinegar smell will dissipate as soon as it dries, leaving your carpeting and rugs naturally fresh. Baking soda and vinegar are safe to utilize around children and pets making them the perfect option for young families with pets or people using a budget.
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  6. That's a great tip! I'm one of those people who believes baking soda or vinegar can do just about anything too. I love using a paste of baking soda and water to get rid of coffee stains on mugs or deep clean anything in the kitchen. I use apple cider vinegar as a clarifying hair rinse. There are so many cheap remedies you can find around your house. West palm beach drapery cleaning

  7. I'd have to confess, when buying home products I don't really look to see whether they're eco friendly. I should though, and will be more conscious of it in the future. I've noticed that baking soda has been a good neutralizer, not just for odor but also discoloration and stains. Never though of using salt before. Nice idea.


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