How to clean your CAR­PET

Tips on how to take care of your floor­ing

Move! - - DECOR - By Bonolo Sekudu

CLEAN­ING your car­pet can be prob­lem­atic if not done prop­erly. Deal­ing with stains that won’t go away and get­ting rid of an un­pleas­ant smell that may linger in your house can be­come a chal­leng­ing job. Ex­pert Car­pet Clean­ing Di­rec­tor, Au­drey Els, shares tips to make sure you never have to worry about th­ese is­sues again.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR­PET WET

When there is a stain, at­tend to it im­me­di­ately by us­ing clean wa­ter and a cloth to get rid of the dirt. "If you de­cide to wash the car­pet, avoid soak­ing it. Do­ing this will leave your car­pet with an odour that might take a while to go away or one that will never go away," Au­drey ad­vises .

HOW TO RE­MOVE STAINS

Here are some stain re­moval tips pro­vided by car­pet clean­ing ex­perts, Car­pet Spring Clean­ers, on their web­site: TEA AND COF­FEE: You can lit­er­ally lift out tea or cof­fee stains by pour­ing a bit of beer on top of them. Rub the beer lightly into the ma­te­rial, and the stain should dis­ap­pear. You may have to re­peat the process a cou­ple of times to re­move all traces of the stain.

RED WINE: Re­move a red wine stain by pour­ing some white wine on it while it is wet to di­lute the colour. Then clean the spot with a sponge and cold wa­ter. Sprin­kle the area with salt and wait about 10 min­utes be­fore you vac­uum up the whole mess and re­peat if nec­es­sary.

UN­WANTED SPILLS: Use a baby wipe to blot up juice or any other spills from your rug as it ab­sorbs the liq­uid and the stain.

STUB­BORN STAINS: You can lift out many stains from your car­pet us­ing this method: Rub light car­pet stains with a mix­ture of two ta­ble­spoons of salt dis­solved in half a cup of white vine­gar. Let the so­lu­tion dry, and then vac­uum.

For tough, ground-in dirt make a paste of one ta­ble­spoon vine­gar with one ta­ble­spoon corn­starch, and rub it into the stain us­ing a dry cloth. Let it set for two days, then vac­uum.

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