One of the fastest ways to add instant comfort and luxury to a room is by installing new carpet. It looks beautiful and feels wonderful under your bare feet. However, it can be a challenge keeping it looking like new with the rigors of daily life. Kids spill, pets track in mud, and even husbands have been known to be a little messy, so keeping your flooring looking its best can seem difficult. The good news is that it doesn't have to be hard to keep your floors looking great if you use these simple tips.
Lift Out The Flat Spots
Furniture can often leave a mark on your carpet through the flat spots they create. Not usually noticeable until you rearrange your furniture, all those flattened areas can leave your room looking a little odd. Luckily, flat spots aren't permanent and simple ice cubes are the cure.
Put a few ice cubes on the flat spots in your carpet and leave them there to melt and then air dry. As the ice cubes melt into the fibers, the threads will lift up as the flooring dries. Depending on the width and depth of the furniture mark, the flattened area may disappear immediately or require two ice cube treatments to result in a good as new appearance, leaving no apparent signs of your furniture rearrangement.
Fixing Carpet Burns
The success of repairing a burn in carpet depends on the severity of the burn. Burns that have merely singed the ends of the fibers will benefit from a simple trimming with a pair of scissors. If the flooring is burned down to the underlay or backing, cut off as many burnt fibers as are possible. Next, pull out an unseen edge of your carpeting from under the baseboard and cut off some of the fibers. Use a little white glue in the damaged spot to adhere the new fibers. Once the glue has dried, cut the new fibers even with the rest of the floor.
Large burns are best left to professionals, but to attempt the repair yourself, cut out the burned area in the shape of a square. Then, cut a patch of the same size from a leftover piece of carpet or from an area where the cut will not be noticed. Determine the way the patch must lay to match the surrounding carpet (for both prints and solids) and then lay it in, securing it with specialized glue or double-sided tape.
All stains are not alike so they usually have different products or methods for removal. Chewing gum benefits from hardening with an ice cube to successfully remove. Greasy stains need something acidic like lemon juice for removal. Acidic stains will usually come out of flooring with a little baking soda. Regardless of the type of carpet stain, it should be removed immediately to eliminate the chances of becoming permanent. In addition, make sure you have the right remedy and tools for removing a stain as sometimes you can cause damage worse than the stain through your efforts to remove a stain.
There are many things you can do to keep your carpet looking as good as new for a long time. Whether you have a beach house in Miami or a condo in Chicago, carpet can continue to look beautiful and feel wonderful with these simple tips.
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