In the winter time it can be difficult to keep your carpet clean especially if you have pets in your home. Fido probably spends more time indoors and consequently spends more time shedding indoors. Your little furry friend most likely will track in more mud and dirt in the winter. These two issues have very simple remedies that will make you, your pets and your carpets happy and healthy.
To tackle pet hair and dander dry to brush your pet a few times a week. This will help keep their coats looking nice and and minimize shedding throughout your home. This can also be a good bonding activity for you and your pet. Also remember to vacuum often. Vacuuming is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your carpet.
To help fend off those unwanted muddy paw prints tracking up your freshly cleaned carpet try to put a runner or area rug by the door. A runner or area rug will capture much of the dirt and mud stuck to your dogs paws. Another approach would be to wipe off your dogs paws when they enter your home. This will take some practice with your dog but they should become use to it in no time at all.
Now that winter has set in for much of the country many people are starting to use ice melting products on sidewalks and driveways. Ice melting products can turn a spotless carpet into a disaster area in no time at all. Many ice melting products can leave a soil attracting residue on your carpet simply by walking over the treated area then walking inside and onto your carpet. To prevent this from happening or at least minimize it be sure to follow the manufacturers directions and not over apply the ice melt. Also try to shovel any snow before you walk on it, this will help prevent it from packing down and turning into ice. Try to get in the habit of taking off your shoes once you are inside. Also don't forget to vacuum on a regular basis. Vacuuming is possibly the most important thing you can do to maintain your carpets appearance. Vacuuming will also help to remove residue left behind by tracked in ice melt products.
Carpet spot removal can be a sticky issue. While a carpet cleaning professional has an arsenal of different spot removing agents at hand to take care of just about any spot, the average consumer is bombarded with advertisements for products claiming to be a "miracle spot remover". Unfortunately these "miracle spot removers" have very little useful informations to help you successfully remove many spots from your carpet.
Below are some of the basic principles professional carpet cleaners use to remove spots from your carpet.
Like dissolves in like
Use a water based spot remover to remove water based spots ( with water based spot removers try to use one that has the opposite pH of the spot)
Use a solvent based spot remover to remove oil based spots
Always remember to remove as much of the spot from the carpet prior to using a spot remover.
Use a clean white towel to soak up the liquid.
Use the dull side of a butter knife to gently scrape up any food spill.
Next apply spot remover to a small section of the spot and blot with towel to see if the spot is coming out of carpet.
If results from #4 are encouraging start to work on the rest of the spot from the outside in. This will help prevent the spot from spreading.
Remember to blot with a clean towel. Do not scrub your carpet, this may damage the carpet fibers.
You may need to add more spot remover from time to time but be careful not to over do it. More is not necessarily better.
When you have achieved satisfactory results be sure to soak up any residual moisture left over from the spot remover.
Next rinse the area with water. A good method for doing this would be to soak a towel and blot the area with the soaked towel. This will remove any unwanted soil attracting residue.
Now dry the area again by blotting with a clean towel. A fan can also be used to achieve a faster dry time.
If you are unable to remove a spot from your carpet you can always call your local carpet cleaner. Many will be willing to give tips over the phone and some may be willing to take a look at it and possibly remove it for a nominal fee. Remember to do your research and find a reputable carpet cleaner.