Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Rescuing the Carpets with an Herbal Carpet Cleaner
Stubborn Carpet Stains & How to Remove Them
Getting your house ready for company? Some of the items below may happen before the party and some may be part of your party clean up. Either way these fixes may help you revive a carpet. (They are not all chemical free so take that with a grain of salt!) Modern carpeting is designed to resist stains, so you can usually remove them if you use the right method. Refer to these tips, and remember: the sooner you get to a stain, the easier it will be to remove.
Herbal Carpet Cleaner
¾ cup water
3 Tbls. dish soap
½ tsp. ammonia
½ tsp. Thyme or Lemon Herbal vinegar
Combine all ingredients together and place in a foam bottle. To use, squirt the foam onto the carpet and work in with brush. Then blot out of carpet with a damp then a dry paper towel. The trick with this recipe is not to place the liquid on the carpet, only foam.
A list of stains and the removal technique:
1. Chewing gum
Freeze with ice cubes in a plastic bag; then scrape off with a butter knife and blot with trichloroethylene (dry-cleaning fluid, available at drug and hardware stores).
2. Animal Urine
Immediately blot up excess with paper towels; soak with club soda; blot again; scrub with Herbal Carpet Cleaner (above).
3. Coffee, Beer, Milk
Blot up excess with paper towels, scrub with Herbal Carpet Cleaner (above); cover with paper towels and weigh down for 2 to 3 hours.
4. Fruit Juices, Soft Drinks
Blot up excess; sponge with a solution of 1 teaspoon of powdered laundry detergent and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar dissolved in 1 quart (1 liter) of warm water.
If fresh, blot up with cold water (not hot). If dried, cover with equal parts cold water and meat tenderizer. Let stand for 30 minutes. Sponge off with cold water.
6. Grease, Oil, Lipstick, Butter
Blot up excess with paper towels; sponge with dry-cleaning fluid; work from edges to center.
7. Shoe Polish, Ink, Dry Paint
Dab with paint remover; if that fails, use dry-cleaning fluid.
Scrape off as much as possible; then place a brown paper bag over the area and run a warm iron over it. The bag will act as a blotter and absorb the wax.