Tips and Tricks for Carpet Stains

Tips and Tricks for Carpet Stains

In the great debate between wood and carpet floors, carpet does sometimes have its winning arguments. It’s definitely cozy and warm and inviting. Especially in the winter months, it’s nice to not need to look for slippers just to walk across the house. And to be able to vacuum once every few days, instead of the endless sweeping necessary with wood floors.

So, yeah, carpet is pretty good.

Right until you spill something on it. Then the panic sets in. Which cleaner should I use? Will I be able to get the stain out? Am I destined to never have a food or drink outside of the kitchen again?

We are here to help! Here are some tips for those pesky stains and how to best tackle them. (As a reminder, you’ll want to test cleaners on your carpets before dousing the whole area, and it’s always best to check your manufacturer’s recommendation and warranty before using any product on your carpet.)

Before You Begin

Tip: When removing stains, it’s better to blot and work inwards than to scrub. Scrubbing can damage the fibers of the carpet and can also cause the stain to spread.

Water-Soluble Stains

These can include: betters, food dye, alcohol, cola, milk, ink, jelly, and some types of paint.

Make a mix for ¼ tsp non-bleach detergent (or you can use white vinegar) combined with 32 oz of water.

Exceptions for Water Soluble Stains

These can include: blood, coffee, tea, wine, vomit, mustard, and chocolate.

You can make a mix of 1 tbs ammonia and 1 cup of water. For some carpets, you can also mix 1 part chlorine bleach to 5 parts water but you’ll need to check with the manufacturer’s recommendation before using bleach on your carpet.

Others

Glue: Rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball is all you need to loosen the glue residue.

Gum and Wax: Use ice cubes to freeze the stuck on mess and then scrape it off and vacuum the pieces.

Nail Polish: Nail polish remover is generally safe in small amounts.

Urine: Mix one part vinegar to one part water and add a drop or two of blue dish soap to clean the area. This will help remove the stain and the smell.

Rug Guide Room to Room

While wood floors are cleaner, more practical, and longer lasting than carpet floors, they also lack the comfort and warmth of cushy carpet. That’s where a quality rug comes in. You get the cozy comfort of carpet, AND an additional flexibility that comes with the temporary nature of a rug.

Choosing an Area Rug

This is where you want to start in picking out rugs in your home. Start with the biggest area to cover and keep in mind this rule of thumb: an area rug should cover the entire floor with a minimum of 6 inches and maximum of two feet from the wall. Other design factors may come into play, but this is the general piece of advice when covering a large area or main room.

When designing a room, choose the floor cover first and then match your paint, throw pillows, and other accessories.

Keep the designs simple and tradition in transitional spaces, so that you don’t clash between rooms.

In offices, you should make sure the carpeted area covers the desk and seating area so that none of your furniture is half off/ half off the rug.

Choosing Smaller Rugs

If an area rug is not your choice, you can choose smaller rugs, even in main rooms. For a carpeted area in front of the couch, look for one that is the same length or longer than the couch.

Like round rugs? A large bathroom is a great place for round rugs. Bathrooms are also great for extra pops of color and unique patterns.

Room Size Tips

Bold patterns on a smaller carpet may make your room look bigger.

You’ll want your rug to be visible from every angle, so keep the design more abstract if you have to cover any portion with furniture.

In dining rooms, you want your carpeted area to match the shape and size of your table. Round tables and round rugs can also soften the feel of a room.

In bigger bedrooms, you can break up the size of the room by placing one side of the rug under the bed and letting the other side open up to the rest of the room.

Ammonia for Household Cleaning

Ammonia, technically named “ammonium hydroxide” is a commonly used household cleaning agent. Most often, you’ll see it as an additional ingredient in glass cleaners. Additionally, it’s often commonly used for jewelry cleaning and disinfectants. Ammonia has helpful purposes, but like many other cleaning supplies, you will need to keep in mind the safety recommendations for it.

The Smell

When ammonia is exposed to air, it becomes a gas with a terrible smell. Most of the household varieties of ammonia are a 5-10 percent concentration solution, making it not too terribly toxic to most adults in most situations. However, it can still burn the mouth, eyes, nose, and irritate the lungs of sensitive individuals or from prolonged exposure to fumes.

Ammonium hydroxide should be kept away from children and pets, and rooms must be well ventilated after using ammonia based cleaning agents. Any remaining solution should be disposed of properly.

It is also advisable to wear gloves when handling ammonium hydroxide to protect your skin, especially if your skin is prone to sensitivity.

What Can You Clean with Ammonia?

Porcelain, kitchen counters, stove tops, glass, stainless steel, and windows do well with ammonia. Simply add to a spray bottle and spray the surfaces you wish to clean. It tends to streak less than other cleaning products too, making it ideal for windows.

You can also spot treat soap spots and water spots on mirrors.

Despite its recognizable odor, it is a common household cleaner choice. It is inexpensive compared to other cleaning agents and works very well.

Safety

  • Use only in well-ventilated areas.
  • Ceiling fans will help with ventilation.
  • Keep from pets and children; they will be more sensitive to the fumes than adults.
  • Do NOT mix ammonia with any other household cleaners, especially bleach. Mixing ammonium hydroxide and bleach creates toxic gasses which may cause coughing, chest pain, and swelling of the lungs.
  • Test before using on any new surface. Sofas and carpets may respond well, but the cleaner may affect the coloring, so it’s best to test a hidden spot first.

Toxicity

Remember to use ammonium hydroxide safely, in well ventilated rooms, away from pets and children. Over exposure to fumes can cause burning feelings in the mouth, nose, eyes, and lungs. Other reported symptoms include pain, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, and blindness. Seek medical help or contact poison control if you accidentally ingest ammonia.

All About That Bleach

Bleach. You either love it or hate it. You either douse it on everything (and hope for the best) or completely avoid it in fear of bleach stains and pink socks. But, either way, you can’t deny it works. If you follow a few simple tips, you can safely and effectively use this product for a wide variety of cleaning.

Bleach Cleans Mold and Mildew

Wet your mildewed fabrics and apply powdered detergent to the mildewed spot. Then wash your laundry on the hottest setting using ½ cup of chlorine bleach. (If you can not use chlorine bleach on the type/color of fabric you have, you can use “color safe” oxygen bleach.)

For showers and tiles, you can mix equal parts bleach and water to spray the grout. Let it sit for fifteen minutes and then use a scrub brush. This is good for cleaning mold and mildew, but it’s also good just for brightening the grout too!

For painted surfaces and siding, mix at a 8-to-1 water to bleach ratio and apply with a brush to mildewed areas. Allow it to set for 15 minutes and then rinse and repeat as needed.

Feel Confident in those Secondhand Items

Toys, kitchen supplies, and other objects picked up at garage sales are a great way to save money, but you’ll want to give them a once-over with some bleach water. Throw any waterproof items in a tub with one cup of bleach per one gallon of water. Rinse well, and then air dry outside in the sun.

Feeling extra ambitious? Just toss all of the kids plastic toys in a bathtub full of bleach water, especially after anyone in the house has been sick. It never hurts to be extra cautious!

In the Kitchen

Counter tops, cutting board and kitchen utensils are generally all safe for a good bleaching. Wood items (butcher blocks) are especially hard to clean, so bleach will give them the sanitizing they need. Just use 1 teaspoon of bleach per 2 quarts of water and scrub all surfaces.

Glasses and dishes will also benefit by adding a teaspoon of bleach while you’re hand-washing. Don’t forget to rinse well!

While you have that sink full of bleachy-soapy water, go ahead and throw in the pets’ water and food bowls too. They often get neglected during the nightly dishes.

While you’re at it, clean trashcans, plastic furniture, and porcelain as well.

Take it Outside

After your done cleaning everything inside, take that bleach outside to kill weeks and get rid of algae. Be careful not to get bleach on the grass or the plants you want to keep.

REMINDER

  • Never mix bleach with other cleaning products without checking first to see if it’s safe.
  • Bleach and Ammonia create a deadly mix and the fumes from bleach and other cleaning supplies can make people very sick.
  • Always use bleach in a well-ventilated area and make sure to take breaks if the fumes start to give you a headache.
  • In case of accidental exposure, call poison control. Learn more about bleach and safety from MSDS.

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Closet Organization Ideas

Extra closet space always seems to be a struggle. Read our blog to learn some neat closet organization ideas that might make your life easier!

Closet Organization Ideas That Help With Shoes!

Often we just throw our shoes in our closet floor or at the end of the bed and keep it moving. This can get frustrating after a while when the shoes begin to take over the bedroom or you can no longer walk into your closet.

If you or your spouse love shoes, we may have a good solution for you. You can purchase “easy to install” shelving at Walmart or Home Depot. Most shelving systems or kits are reasonably simple with very few tools needed. You can find wood and wire closet organizers. If you are not savvy when it comes to putting things together, you can hire someone to help you.

You can also choose to hire a professional carpenter or general contractor to install sturdy wood shelving to get those shoes up off the floor. Having wood shelving is an excellent solution that keeps your shoes looking new.

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Closet Organization Ideas That Help With Space!

We love to use under the bed plastic tubs with lids. They work for everything. In the nursery, you can use a tub that slides right under the crib to hold bedding and burp rags. In a toddlers room, you can use a tub that slides under the bed to store Lego’s, Barbie’s, Army men, race cars, Lincoln Logs, and more! In a teen’s bedroom, you can use a tub that slides under the bed for flip-flops, hair accessories, crafts, extra bedding, jackets, and more. For the master bedroom, you can store extra bedding, hats, shoes, holiday decor, seasonal clothing, etc. The options are endless.

Closet Organization Ideas For The Nursery!

Having a new baby can be overwhelming at times, especially after a baby shower. It’s so exciting until you get home and realize that you have nowhere to put everything the baby needs. A quick fix for the nursery is easy and affordable. Find a bookshelf you are no longer using or search for one at a garage sale. Arrange the shelves so that you can put in any color cloth drawers (about $10) and line up baby shoes. Also find short tension rods (about $5) to hang clothes. You can find colorful baskets for nose suckers, nail clippers, Tylenol, etc. at the Dollar Tree ($1 each).

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Do you have more closet organization ideas? We would love to hear from you. Comment below and share with your friends for more ideas.