Cleaning your flooring is second nature, especially to those with carpet. Read up on our hacks for the next time you hear one of these refrains…
1. “Mum, come QUICK! My nail polish spilled”
Don’t panic – but get the vacuum. Depending on the stain, you’ll want to remove any solid particles. While it won’t be the end of the world a few hours later, erasing the spill straight away provides better results. Different approach for each stain from coffee to nail polish we have you covered with our handy stain removal guide.
2. “Grab a cloth, there’s pasta sauce on the carpet!”
Blotting helps to keep carpet fibers intact and looking their best. Resist the urge to rub or scrub! Ideally, blotting from the outside of the stain before the middle will prevent the stain from spreading outwards. Hint: use a toothbrush for concentrated stains and a damp cloth for larger spills. Remember to change cloths when it’s at stain-removing capacity.
3. “Don’t tell Dad, but those marks are from my shoes”
Organic and natural products have taken heed in the market for their health benefits as of late. Simply using water and a small amount of both vinegar and essential oil is a safe alternative to water and detergents. Both vinegar and the essential oils are great odor neutralizers! Be mindful when purchasing ready-made solutions (organic or solvent based) that they are described as ‘safe for nylon carpet’.
4. "Oops sorry mum… What about this gum?”
Ice cubes are your best friend when it comes to gum! Young or old, we’ve all had a mishap with the sticky pink stuff. Place a cube or two in a plastic covering and carefully freeze the stain. This allows you to scrape the hardened gum and then finish the area by blotting with a solvent or natural solution.
5.“Don’t worry, it’s only beer”
Layer white paper towels on the area to soak up any extra moisture. This is important as carpet wet for more than 24 hours may promote mildew growth. Use a non-staining glass or ceramic object (think like a paperweight) to weigh them down overnight. Finish with a vacuum to restore the original carpet texture and voila!
Our ranges from STAINMASTER® SolarMax® carpet to STAINMASTER ® Ever Soft® SDN carpet are built with you in mind - we all know how much time cleaning takes from your day.
Over the last 25 years INVISTA has formulated stain blocking technology to ensure our carpet is resistant to food and drink stains. This technology also helps reduce the accumulation of dry-soil, so you can spend less time cleaning and more time doing what you enjoy.
Remember, the cleaner your carpet is, the longer it will last (PLUS it can also increase your potential home re-sale value!).
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