Worn and dirty carpeting could be sending the wrong message about your home. You can take steps to restore your carpet without having to completely replace it. Here are some of the techniques that you can use in order to get your carpet looking new again.
Remove Matted Areas
Furniture can cause your carpeting to look pockmarked if it’s been in place for a while. You don’t have to just live with this problem and hope that it goes away on its own. Taking an ice cube and placing it on the affected area can help to restore your carpet. Wait for the ice to melt and then comb it out with a fork or some other pronged instrument. Make sure to dab up the extra water to prevent mold from growing.
Taking care of old stains can be a pain. The type of stains that you have may require additional care steps. Mixing a solution of vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice will work to tackle most of your basic stains. For gum and other sticky substances, you can freeze them off with a can of compressed air. Once the substance is frozen, you can pick it out of your carpet. For ink-based stains, a little bit of hair spray and dabbing will remove them.
Invest in Cleaning Services
There may be times when no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get out certain stains and odors stuck in your carpet. Using a carpet cleaning service will work to restore your carpeting to its previous appearance. The experts know all of the tricks to get your carpeting back into shape. This is especially true when there isn’t anyone spot that’s proving to be a problem in your house. The tools that the experts have at their disposal are better and faster overall.
Baking Soda Revival
For the removal of odors that may be associated with pets and kids, some baking soda can do wonders. Sprinkle the baking soda over your carpeting and let it sit for about fifteen minutes. This will allow the baking soda to absorb some of the odors that are plaguing your home. Vacuum it up thoroughly so that your carpeting doesn’t feel gritty. You may need to repeat this process several times before your odor problem is eliminated.
Restoring your carpeting is ultimately a cheaper alternative than total replacement. Use these tricks to help you get back to living with carpeting that doesn’t repulse you.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter @RachelleWilber.