If you have carpeting in your home, you no doubt want to keep it clean, because grimy, smelly
carpet can make your whole house feel dirty and uncomfortable.

 

Are you a carpet person? Do you enjoy feeling a soft, clean carpet underneath your bare feet?
To me, it just feels like home.

It doesn’t matter If it’s a super plush, thick pile, shag carpet or a beautiful hand-woven Berber,
carpet makes a home warmer and cozier, that is, if it’s clean.

Whether you have children with muddy feet, animals who have accidents or you live alone and
just like to keep a clean, fresh smelling home, then you are no doubt familiar with carpet
cleaning issues.

There are many things to keep in mind when tackling the job including knowing the fiber your
carpet is made of, the texture of the carpet and how much traffic the area gets. In this article on
how to clean carpet, we get into these issues and more. Coming up next are the best tips on
how to clean the carpet in your home.

Basic Carpet Cleaning Tips

Below are the tips and tricks for cleaning the carpet the best possible way.

Vacuuming

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The most important tool you can use to clean your carpet is a good vacuum; this will remove
loose dirt and soil present from daily use.

Depending on how much and what type of traffic that your carpet has will dictate how often you
want to vacuum. If you have a family that goes in and out several times during the day, you will
want to run the vacuum over your carpet daily, and do a thorough job once a week.

Before you begin vacuuming, be sure to pick up anything that may damage your vacuum, such
as paper clips, hair pins, and similar items. Then run your vacuum in such a pattern that you
know you covered the entire area.

A criss-cross pattern works very well as it cleans in several directions. Going over the same
area multiple times will be necessary if you have a pet that sheds to ensure you get up as much
pet hair as possible.

Spot Treating

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After vacuuming you want to spot treat stains before your steam clean or shampoo your carpet,
You can use store bought products to clean these areas, or you can use a more natural
approach with vinegar and hot water.

No matter which you choose, be mindful of the type of carpeting you have. Test an
inconspicuous area to ensure that the method you will use is safe for your carpet and will not
permanently damage it.

Dampen the spot with the vinegar mixture or the chemical cleaner, wait a few moments then
working from the outside of the spot in, blot carefully using a clean white cloth. You don’t want to
use a scrub brush or anything with stiff bristles as these could potentially damage your carpet.

This process may need to be repeated several times to get out tough blemishes or old stains.

Most of the new carpets today are stain resistant. However, stain resistant does not mean stain
proof. Spills happen. While it is best to clean these accidents immediately, this is not always
possible so stains can set in and be more difficult to remove.

Vinegar is a great way to clean old stains, and it is safe on most carpet fibers, just repeat the
above process until you are satisfied with the result.

Steam Cleaning Or Shampooing

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Shampooing or steam cleaning your carpet regularly will increase the life of your carpet. You
can do this yourself rather easily, or you can choose to hire carpet cleaning experts to come in
and do the job. Either way, there are some important tips to follow to have a successfully
cleaned carpet.

Renting a carpet cleaner is a great way to do it yourself without the expense of buying a
shampooer. Most grocery stores rent these out to customers at a moderate fee. These are fairly
easy to use. Again you can use a chemical cleaner, or choose to use vinegar and hot water
once again.

You may choose to remove all of the furniture from the room, or just clean the high foot traffic
areas. Run the cleaner slowly ensuring that you allow the cleaner to suck all of the dirty water
back into the machine.

Dump this dirty water down the toilet; this takes the wash water to the sewer which will go to a
treatment facility to clean and treat it before it goes back out to our environment.

Drying

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If you have hired a professional carpet cleaning service to come do the job, you can request that
they use blowers to dry your carpet after they clean it. This usually involves a large hose
attached to a van with industrial strength fans that will literally blow your carpet dry rather
quickly.

If you have done it yourself, first you will want to make sure that you have gone over the carpet
sufficiently to allow the machine to remove most of the water. This will help the carpet to dry
faster.

Open windows, turn ceiling fans on high and if you have them, place box fans or oscillating fans
to blow directly on the wet carpet. Even turning your air conditioner to a higher setting can help
dry the carpet faster.

One important thing to keep in mind if you walk on the damp carpet, be very mindful when
stepping from the carpet to a tile or wood floor as you can easily slide and fall. It is surprising
how slippery your feet can get, so be careful!

Cleaning Carpets In Businesses

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If you own a business that has carpeting, or if you are responsible for cleaning a carpet for a
business, there are some things to keep in mind to be effective in the task.

Depending on the foot traffic, you will need to establish a cleaning regimen that will sufficiently
keep the carpet not only looking great but extend its life.

Thorough vacuuming daily can cut down on wear and tear from dirt and debris that gets ground
in as customers and employees come through the area.

Have readily available cleaning supplies in case of spills throughout the day. This should include
clean white cloths, your cleaning solution using either the vinegar and water mixture or a
chemical product. Also, either inform employees how to spot clean, or have instructions posted
with the cleaning supplies.

Once you have decided on carpet cleaning needs, choose how often you wish to you have the
carpets professionally shampooed or steam cleaned. Set a repeating schedule with a reputable
company to come in and complete the task on the agreed upon times.

Being aware of the appearance of your carpet, and taking responsible steps to take care of it is
the best way to extend the life of the carpet in your business, which in the long run will save you
money.

Cleaning Carpets In Homes

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Unless everyone who enters your home removes their shoes, you will no doubt have dirt, mud,
and some pretty nasty germs tracked into your home.

Carefully and meticulously vacuuming every day, paying the closest attention to high foot traffic
areas, will get most of the dirt, dust, and debris out of your carpet.

Shampoo or steam clean your carpets at least once a year, more often if you have dogs that
shed, kids that run in and out, or if you or someone in your house works in an environment that
can track in grease, grime or germs.

Tips And Trick

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Today’s families are so busy with school, work and extracurricular activities that some things get
pushed down the list of priorities.

Cleaning your carpet can easily become one of those things. It can seem a daunting task if you
put it off and you look up one day to find a filthy carpet. How did that happen? Easily. But here
are a few great ideas for getting and keeping your carpets clean quickly and easily.

Clean up spills immediately after they happen using the spot cleaning methods listed above.
This will cut down on the amount of work and scrubbing you will have to do if the mess sits for a
long period of time.

Even a quick vacuuming over high traffic areas is better than not doing it at all. If you just cannot
do this daily, try to get it done a few times a week. Vacuuming alone can really cut down on the
wear and tear of your carpet.

Have everyone who enters your home remove their shoes. You can put a fun little sign outside

your front door along with some disposable slippers for your guests to wear when they come to
visit.

Family should remove shoes upon entering and can walk in socks or bare feet, or you could
have a set of slippers for each family member right inside the door that is only worn inside the
home.

In Conclusion

Carpeting can make your home or business more inviting and warm feeling. It can also help
keep the temperature warm in those cold winter months.

If you have young children or babies, you can expect falls to occur, landing a fall on carpet is
much less painful and dangerous than hitting a tiny head on a hard surface such as tile or wood
flooring.

Throw a couple of pillows down, and you have a cozy atmosphere to watch a movie together.
In a business setting, carpet can make the place seem more inviting than cold tile.

So keeping this wonder floor covering clean is extremely important. Maintaining a clean carpet
is not only healthier but will extend the life of the carpet.

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The Ultimate Guide On How To Clean Grout Naturally

by Kara Richards on March 1, 2019

Whether you have a tile backsplash in your kitchen, a tile floor in your shower, or even a tile mosaic coffee table in your living room, the grout can become a magnet for dirt, dust, bacteria, and mold. Learn how to clean your grout and make it look like new.

How To Clean Grout

How To Clean Grout

Adding tile to a bathroom, kitchen, or other areas of your home is an easy way to make it look more aesthetic and even add value to your home if you ever plan to sell. While it’s relatively easy to keep tile clean, the grout can start to look dirty and discolored over time. Not only can it look dirty, but it can be a breeding place for mold and bacteria.

There’s nothing more stunning than a fresh tile job with clean and bright grout, and once you learn how to clean grout, you can keep it looking fresh and new for years to come. We’ll give you some cleaning tips on how to clean grout that will have you admiring your tile job in no time.

Hire a Pro or DIY?

Before you learn how to clean grout, you might be trying to decide if you should hire a professional cleaning team or do it yourself. Your decision will depend on how much time you have and the state of your tile and grout.

If you’ve just purchased a home or moved into an apartment that has tile, you might have a big cleaning job on your hands. The grout (which is the mortar between the tiles) is made of water, cement, and sand, which makes it porous and a “magnet” for dirt and bacteria.

Ideally, tile and grout should receive a deep cleaning every six months, but depending on where the tile is located and if it gets a lot of foot traffic, you might need to clean more often. Tile surfaces with lighter colored grout get noticeably dirty more quickly. Darker grout is less noticeable, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t clean it a few times a year.

The costs associated with cleaning your tile and grout may vary depending on if there is mold and staining. The national average cost for a professional team to clean your tile and grout is around $465. Depending on size, condition, and other factors, this could be more or less. If you don’t have time to clean your grout or if it’s in bad shape, you might want to hire a pro otherwise it’s easy enough to do on your own, you just need a little time and the right tools.

Baking Soda and Water

Baking Soda and Water

If you like to clean with natural ingredients that you already stored away in your cabinets, you probably know that baking soda is versatile in regards to cleaning. Want to use baking soda to clean your grout? Here’s what you need:

● Clean cloth● Baking soda● Hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, or water● A bowl for mixing● A grout brush or old toothbrush that’s clean● Grout sealant

Before you can clean the grout, you need to wipe down the tile with a clean, wet cloth. If you haven’t cleaned the tile in a while, use a little soap and water to clean them. You want to clean away as much dirt and grime before cleaning the grout, so that it doesn’t get mixed into the grout while you clean.

You can use a half-and-half solution of vinegar and water to clean your tile before you begin cleaning the grout. The next step is to mix up your grout cleaning solution. If your grout is only a little dirty or you just want to do a maintenance cleaning, mixing a 2:1 ratio of baking soda to water should be adequate. If the grout is stained or is visibly discolored, mix a 2:1 ratio of baking soda with white vinegar. A 2:1 ratio of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is ideal for older or fragile tiles.

If you’re using the vinegar solution, apply a small amount to an inconspicuous area just in case it stains the tile (vinegar is acidic). Once your solution paste is ready, apply it to the grout and let it sit for a few minutes. Gently scrub with a brush, rinse with water, and allow the grout to dry for 24 hours.

Once your grout is clean and dry, apply a sealer to the grout as this will keep your grout cleaner and easier to clean in the future.

Some Natural Variations

Another ingredient that most people already have on hand is salt. If you have mildew or stained spots, scrubbing salt into wet grout can help get your tile cleaner and mold-free. The salt method works best for tile floors or areas that are flat. Make sure that the grout is damp and sprinkle a coarse salt (such as coarse sea salt or evenEpsom salt) onto the grout and gently scrub the area. Let it set overnight before cleaning it off the next day.

Lemon can help brighten up stained grout, but like the vinegar solution make sure you test out an inconspicuous area first. Mix fresh lemon juice with baking soda and apply it to the grout as we stated above.

If you make your own laundry soap, you may have a box of Borax in your laundry room; if not, it’s relatively inexpensive and nice to have on hand for other household cleaning. Borax is a natural mineral and is used for cleaning, deodorizing, and as a disinfectant when cleaning. You can try using Borax in place of baking soda and apply a paste of Borax and water to your grout

What About Bleach?

Many people use bleach as their “go-to” because they just assume it’s the best way to clean areas throughout their house. While bleach can be a good option for cleaning grout, it can be dangerous to use, and it’s essential to wear eye protection, gloves, and have ventilation. If your grout is stained, you can try a solution of a ¾ cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Use the solution and a brush to scrub the grout, but be careful not to scrub too hard. Never mix bleach with other household cleaners or with dish soap as the results are caustic.

Steam Cleaning or Pressure Washing

If you have a large tiled area, such as a floor, steam cleaning or even pressure washing may be your easiest and quickest way to clean the grout on the floors. Remember, it all depends on how dirty the grout is and the condition of your tile. Steam cleaning or pressure washing may not be ideal for many homeowners, but it’s a method that professionals typically use.

Go to your local equipment rental center to see if you can rent a steam cleaner or pressure washer for a day or two.

Not Clean? Try Replacing Your Grout

While no one like a DIY project that turns into an even bigger project, you might want to consider replacing your grout if it’s too dirty, stained or covered in mold. This should be your last resort (after you’ve tried to clean the grout).

Equipment rental places may rent a tool for removing grout or you can find one at your local home improvement store. After you have removed the grout, make sure to carefully clean out the space with a bleach solution before applying the new grout. Once you apply new tile, apply sealant to keep it cleaner longer (just remember to wait about two weeks before applying it).

Grout Cleaners

There are dozens of grout cleaning products on the market. If you opt to use a commercially made cleaner rather than a natural DIY cleaner, you’ll have to do some research and read labels to make sure that they are compatible with the tile you have.

If you’re not sure what type of grout cleaner to purchase, ask a sales associate for assistance. For your personal safety and protecting your tile and grout, always follow the directions on the bottle of cleaner.

Tips For Cleaning Your Grout

Depending on the condition of your grout, it may take a few different cleaning solutions to get it looking sparkling clean and new. Here are a few additional tips to consider:

● Use an electric toothbrush for scrubbing grout● Avoid letting the paste sit too long while scrubbing● Add essential oils like citrus or tea tree oil to the paste● Even if you’re working with natural ingredients wear eye protection● Wear cleaning gloves and work in a well-ventilated area● Use a more than one clean cloth, don’t reuse same cloth● Use brushes that won’t scratch your tile● Clean your grout at least a few times a year

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