Posted by: Tamer Atya | July 14, 2009

Quick cleaning tips for busy moms: Treating Coffee, soda, Chocolate, Candle wax, gum and Pet urine stains on carpets and rugs

When you have a household with children (and possibly pets), it’s bound to take a toll on things you never expected – like your floors. Carpets and rugs are frequently the victim of mud, juice, food, and other things we need not describe. Need some fixes? Read on!

Quick cleaning tips for busy moms: Treating Coffee, soda, Chocolate, Candle wax, gum and Pet urine stains on carpets and rugs

Quick cleaning tips for busy moms: Treating Coffee, soda, Chocolate, Candle wax, gum and Pet urine stains on carpets and rugs

Controlling wet stains on carpets and rugs:

Any stain is best treated as soon as possible, but sometimes it’s important to get it stop running first. If your toddler knocks over his grape juice, quickly dump some baking soda or even salt on the area. This will absorb the liquid, and when it is dry you can simply vacuum it up. Then you’re free to treat the stain with club soda or your quick action carpet sprays like Resolve.

Coffee and soda stains on carpets and rugs:

Unfortunately, these two beverages will wreak permanent havoc on your carpets or rugs if not treated immediately. They will dye the fibers and once dry it is very difficult to remove the stain completely, although the color can fade. Club soda is a lifesaver and a household necessity. Pour it onto the stain and blot it. Another trick is to use 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with four cups of warm water.

Chocolate stains on carpets and rugs:

Once again, get club soda on the stain right away. Use a paper towel to get any excess pieces of chocolate off, then use a carpet spray cleaner like Resolve or Spot Shot.

Candle wax stains on carpets and rugs:

Wax can seem like an impossible item to get off of carpet, but it’s actually quite simple. You simply need to freeze the wax completely with ice. You can place plastic baggies of ice directly onto the wax and leave it there for awhile. When the wax is rock hard and cold, you can begin to remove it. Use a blunt edge tool to crack the ice and then vacuum it up quickly. If there are any particles of wax left, scrape it with a blunt object. This method is great for gum, too!

Pet urine stains on carpets and rugs:

Fido is great but pet urine on your carpet is not. Apply baking soda to the stain as soon as you can, and use a paper towel to quickly blot up excess moisture. Dampen the area with water and apply additional baking soda, letting it set overnight. In the morning, vacuum it up. You can also use a vinegar solution of 1/2 cup of white vinegar mixed with 1/4 cup warm water. Pour onto the stain and then place a dry towel over it. Let is set overnight and apply a heavy object to the towel since the pressure will help the towel absorb the stain.

Maintenance of carpets and rugs:

If you’ve picked up nothing else, hopefully it’s the importance of having club soda in the house! It will help on nearly any stain, from mud to wine. Professionals recommend having carpets and rug steam cleaned at least once a year and it is surprisingly affordable (keep an eye for specials and coupons). Vacuum at least once a week, but two or three times a week is best!  Also invest in a good spray cleaner made for carpets. They help out in a jiffy, too!

Source: examiner.com

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