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On Keeping Carpets Fresh and Clean

    Fresh and Clean Carpets in Atlanta

    a toddler steps onto a freshly cleaned carpet.

    You’ll be surprised to learn how much dirt vacuums miss and how simple the best cleaning methods really are. The pitch was simple. In the 1950s, a vacuum salesman would come to the door, spill dirt on the carpet, and ask the lady of the house to clean it with her machine. Then he would load a fresh bag into his model, run it over the “clean” carpet, and open the bag to reveal what it had picked up.

    Frequently that was all the salesman needed to close the deal. Had the salesman reversed the order using his machine first, the results might have been the same. Often the problem wasn’t the old vacuum. It was the fact that once dirt and dust goes into carpet, it doesn’t easily come out.“

    If you have carpet in your home, you know how quickly and easily it can fall victim to stains. No matter how careful you may be, with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you’re bound to encounter a few spots and spills along the way. It’s even possible to remove wax from the carpet.

    But what about unpleasant carpet smells? How do you handle those? They’re certainly aren’t any fun and these odors makes your home feel anything but relaxing. Think about how much debris falls on the carpet when dusting your house.

    Well, here’s the good news smelly carpet, which can lead to a smelly house doesn’t have to stay that way! If you’re looking for the best way to keep your carpets smelling fresh, explore our guide below, brought to you by Clean Corp.

    The basics of keeping clean carpets

    “An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure.”

    To keep carpets as clean as possible, limit how much dirt gets into them in the first place. Declare a “shoes-off” rule, or place sturdy doormats at all entries. Frequent vacuuming is the only way to keep grit from becoming embedded, and having a vacuum that’s easy to use is crucial. Spend the bulk of cleaning time where dirt collects: a dozen passes of the vacuum within four feet of outside doors, eight passes in high-traffic areas, and four passes elsewhere. Where carpets have not been regularly and thoroughly cleaned, double the passes for three months. This is essential when you have clean after pets.

    How to Clean Different Types of Carpets

    janitor vacuuming carpet with orange and black vacuum

    Depending on the materials of your carpet, different methods should be used for vacuuming, liquid spills and deep cleaning.

    Synthetic Carpet

    1. Vacuum first. Remove grit with multiple vacuum passes in varying directions using the beater brush, set to the pile height. Change the bag once it’s bag is half full because efficiency decreases after that. When you’re dealing with a liquid spill, clean the area promptly using the blot technique:
    2. Cover the area with a clean towel or a thick pad of paper towels. Press down with the heel of your hand. Repeat using dry towels until all the liquid has been absorbed. If the spill is large, use a wet-dry vacuum (if available) to remove most of the spill before blotting.
    3. Professional steam cleaning works best on wall-to-wall carpeting that needs a deep clean, and it may be required by the warranty. If you want to do it yourself, vacuum thoroughly, then use an extraction machine from a rental company (supermarket models are less powerful).
    4. Test the cleaning solution before you begin by pouring a few drops into a saucer and allowing it to evaporate (a hair drier speeds the process). If the dried residue in the saucer remains sticky, switch cleaners.
    5. Use fans or air-conditioning to dry the carpet. Area rugs can be cleaned using the same methods.

    Wool Carpets

    1. To vacuum, follow the instructions above but avoid using a rotary brush on loop-pile (Berber) carpets; the yarn may get fuzzy. Instead, use a floor tool.
    2. To clean liquid spills, start by misting with water and blotting, as you would for synthetic carpets. Never use ammonia or any other high-alkaline cleaner, which can damage wool.
    3. To deep clean both area rugs and wall-to-wall carpets, home cleaning is not recommended because wool fibers absorb more water than synthetic fibers do. This makes them hard to dry, and area carpets become very heavy and difficult to maneuver. Additionally, many available cleaners are too alkaline for use on wool.

    Plant-Based Fiber Carpets 

    1. Use the same vacuuming technique as for synthetic carpets.
    2. A beater brush is the best way to remove grit, which causes excessive wear on these carpets. Plant fibers are less stain-resistant than synthetics or wool, even if they have been treated with a water repellent, so blot liquid spills promptly using the method described above.
    3. Make sure damp areas dry quickly by using a fan or a hair drier (set on low heat). As for deep cleaning, manufacturers recommend the use of dry methods only. Other methods should be left to professionals.

    DIY Home Remedies for Sprucing-up Your Carpets

    black vacuum vacuuming carpet

    Here are a few easy ways to breathe new life into your carpet, and the surrounding air inside your home. Don’t worry, each of these do-it-yourself options won’t require a ton of work!

    Take baking soda and lavender essential oil (do not use tea tree oil if you have a pet, as this could be toxic).

    1. Mix ½ cup of baking soda with 30 drops of essential oil.
    2. Pour this mixture into something that resembles an old spice container (any mixing container that has holes in the lid will work).
    3. Let the mixture sit overnight for 24 hours.
    4. Sprinkle the mixture lightly over the carpet.
    5. After 10 to 15 minutes, vacuum your carpet as you normally would. The smell should be gone!

    Here’s another do-it-yourself carpet freshener you can try at home

    1. Pour a generous amount of white vinegar into a spray bottle.
    2. Spray the white vinegar onto the carpet. Don’t worry – the smell will disappear (and it will actually absorb any other bad odors you’re trying to eliminate).
    3. Let it dry completely, and then repeat the process over again, as needed.

    Best-Kept Secrets to Keeping a Carpeted Home Fresh

    If you need a few more fresh smelling home tips to try, you’re in luck – we have more! Check out a few ideas below.

    Diffuse essential oils into the air.

    • This is a natural and healthy way to eliminate odors inside your home. Take 4 to 5 drops of the oil and mix it with 4 ounces of water. If you don’t have a diffuser or don’t want to buy one, you can always spray essential oils using a spray bottle.

    Run orange, lemon or lime peels through the garbage disposal to eliminate odor.

    • If you’re looking to get rid of the smell coming from your kitchen sink, your garbage disposal could use a little extra attention. A few deliciously-smelling peels will do the trick!

    Mix baking soda and water in a crockpot – turn it on and let it work its magic!

    • Who knew a crockpot could double as a household cleaning appliance? Instead of cooking dinner, cook up some fresh smells in any room of your house. Just be sure to set the crockpot to low, with the lid off.

    Hopefully one of the above mentioned methods appeals to you for taking care of your home and your carpet. Each method quickly and easily answers the question of how to keep your house smelling fresh all the time – in a few minutes or less.