6 Tips To Know Before You Move Out of Your Apartment

No matter where you live, moving out can be a huge pain. It’s really hard when you live on the third floor of your apartment building and you don’t have help. But I think what’s even worse than that is not getting your deposit back because you didn’t take the time clean. Am I right? You were counting on getting that money back to help you on your new adventure. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, we wanted to give you some quick tips that will help you clean your apartment ensuring you get your deposit back.

 

1. Clean The Kitchen Appliances

In an apartment, the kitchen is the first place an inspector will go to gauge the home’s cleanliness. You want to make sure it’s spic and span. Make sure to scrub the oven inside and out, clean the fridge making sure not to leave any food messes inside, make the microwave sparkle, and disinfect the countertops.

2. Clean The Windows

It’s easy to spot dirty windows from a mile away. Especially if you’re an inspector looking for things like this. Make sure you don’t forget these.

3. Clean The Walls

This is super important. You want to make sure there aren’t any holes or damage to the walls and that they are clean. If you need to grab a small can of white paint and touch them up, do so. If anything is on the walls that’s noticeable you will not be getting your deposit back.

4. Take A Final Meter Reading

Take a final reading of your meter the day you move out and inform your utility company. You don’t want to get stuck paying for utilities you didn’t use. Trust me, this happens a lot. And if it does, they won’t negotiate with you. You will have to pay it.5

5.  Know Your Contract

By now you may have forgotten what’s on your lease. You probably never really read it in the first place. But you should still have a copy, and you’ll want to read that copy for any fine proof that may prohibit you from getting your rental deposit back.

6. Take Pictures When Your Finished

When you leave, the apartment should be spotless. Take pictures of the clean, empty apartment before you leave for the very last time. This will protect you from any landlords and lawsuits.

 

If you need help cleaning, you can always hire a professional cleaner.

5 Tips and Tricks You Can Use Around Your Home

Are you looking for new and innovative ways to make your everyday household chores easier? You’re in luck! Here are five tips and tricks that you can use around your house to help you live better:

1. The Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals can often times because smelly and unbearable. To get rid of this ungodly smell you can do one of three things. Or if you’re experiencing a really bad smell you can do all three of these things.

1.Pour baking soda inside it.

2. Put a lemon slice inside

3. Pour Sea Salt inside to help clean off bacteria that resides from old food.

2. The Dishwashing Sponge

A lot of people don’t know this but the sponge that you use to clean your dishes holds a lot of bacteria. Even after just one wash. After each load of dishes, all you need to do is pop that sponge in the microwave for two minutes on high. Although this does not replace the fact that you should be replacing your sponge every couple months, It will help kill the bacteria and help it last longer.

3. The Shower Door

Take a spray bottle filled with lemon juice and spray it on your shower doors after your shower. This will save you or your house cleaner a lot of time and energy trying to scrub off soap scum. You can also take a fresh lemon and rub it on the door if you don’t have a spray bottle handy.

4. Scrubbing The Toilet

Let’s face it, cleaning the toilet isn’t fun for anyone. Not even the maid. Take some white vinegar and pour it in around the edge just like you would regular toilet bowl cleaner. Let it sit overnight and in the morning, you can easily use your toilet brush to scrub it clean. (Helpful Hint: pour some white vinegar in the back of the toilet to help it stay cleaner longer.)

5. The Closet

Take some time and get rid of old clothes that you don’t wear anymore. This will keep your dresser drawers, your closet, and your room looking tidier than ever. Aside from cleaning out the closet, always put your clothes away when you grab them out of the dryer. Don’t wait. When you wait, that means they’ll probably be sitting in a basket for weeks adding unnecessary clutter you don’t need

 

 

3 Easy Cleaning Hacks For Teens

It’s no secret that you teens are notorious for having messy rooms. I get it, teenagers aren’t worried about cleaning their rooms, they’re worried about their friends and nowadays social media. But the thing is, us parents get tired of telling you over and over again to clean it. And I know what you’re going to say, “this is how I like my room,” Or perhaps you’ll say, “I know where everything when it’s like this.” You’re not telling me anything new. I once, was a teenage girl myself. And I too had a messy room. But the older I got the more I realized that I couldn’t handle the clutter.

Learn To Developing Motivation

Most, not all, teenagers lack the motivation to do just about anything. This comes from their lack of direction and meaning in life. Take some time to yourself and develop and strengthen these traits. It will benefit you in the long run. When I took the time to step back and evaluate my situation, my life became clearer. And so did my room. It’s not in our nature to be sloppy, there’s usually a reason behind it. Whether that means we aren’t in control and we want to be or we are a child learning how to eat for the first time. Do this for yourself and I promise you, You’ll have no problem keeping your room and your life clean.

Sell Your Old Clothes For Money

Look around your room. Look at all those clothes on the floor. When’s the last time you wore that dress or those jeans? Teenagers, without knowing it, are often border-line hoarders. Why keep all those old clothes that don’t fit you when you can see them for money? You may or may not have a job yet that’s bringing in a cash flow. But even if you do, everyone can use a little extra money. Take your old items to places like Plato’s Closet. Going this route will give you instant cash. Another route you can take is to sell your clothes to places like Thredup. When you sell your clothes online, it takes a little bit longer to get your money. But sometimes It’s worth it.

Store Things

The phrase ‘store things’ these days usually means storing them in the cloud. Although I’m not talking about the cloud, it’s a very similar concept that I want you to adopt. Just as you would store picture or media in the cloud. Take some time and store things that you aren’t using in a storage bin. Things like closet organizers, shoe racks, and storage totes can do wonders for a messy teenage room. One of the best things about storage products is that they’re so customizable nowadays. You can get almost any color and any pattern that you want. There’s probably a pattern to match your room!

Finally

Last but not least, teens there is nothing wrong in asking for help or advice. That’s why I wrote this article for you. If you’re in need of some serious help your parents may even chip in to hire a professional (like Maid Sailors) to show you the ropes. And always keep in mind, being stubborn will not get you anywhere. Take a new approach, take advantage of the ideas that are here and charge of your life.

How to Make Your Own Homemade Upholstery Cleaner

How to Clean Your Upholstery

Unnatural, chemical-based cleansers often contain toxic and hazardous chemicals, dangerous to both their user and the environment. Millennials, environmentally conscious consumers and those with sensitivities to toxic chemicals are turning back to less-harmful cleaning products. Below we will describe how to make your own natural upholstery cleaner when your upholstered furniture gets stained.

To make your own homemade upholstery stain cleaner you can use nothing more than a combination of soap, vinegar, and water. The recipe is:

  • 1/2 tablespoon of natural liquid soap
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup warm water

Combine all three in a spray bottle and shake to combine the ingredients. Mist the soiled area lightly with the spray bottle, then scrub the area in a circular motion with a soft cloth. Reapply as necessary, until the stained area becomes clean. Moisten your cloth with clean, warm water and repeat the scrubbing motion to remove excess soap. You can finish off by blotting the damp area with a dry cloth. In order to avoid discoloration of visible areas of the fabric, it is absolutely vital that you test it out first on a part of the furniture that is out of sight.

It doesn’t always work, but it can still be quite effective. If your natural homemade cleaner does not work, you may need to consider purchasing an upholstery cleaning product or contact a professional cleaner.

Here is also a video on DIY furniture cleaner.

3 Things She’ll Do After You Get Your Apartment Professionally Cleaned

Hopefully, this memo will push your man, partner, significant other, or friend with benefits to start getting regular cleanings from a premium service like Maid Sailors. Fellas, read very closely. if you happen to cohabitate with a special someone, getting a regular cleaning may have explosive knock-on effects that would not happen otherwise. It’s scientifically proven.

Many studies have been done in relation to having a clean apartment. Your relationship is literally on the line. Here at Maid Sailors, we recruited a few PhD-level researchers to investigate the most probable outcomes and have summarized them into the top 3.

Here are three things she’ll do after you get your apartment professionally cleaned:

She Will Invite Her Friends Over

Are your roommates always asking you to bring her friends over? If you have suitemates, get your holiday wish-list ready because they’ll owe you big time. Remember that birthday pre-game your girlfriend’s BFF was planning? Now that your apartment is clean your place has been unanimously elected as the go-to destination. She’ll invite her friends over all the time.

It also allows you to play matchmaker for your crew of eligible bachelors. If you’re single, it allows you to play. And once you’re done, the clean-up is easy.

She Will Use Your Kitchen

She won’t cook for you huh? Maybe it’s because your kitchen needs a good deep clean. A cleaning service that sanitizes your table-tops, addresses your appliances and sterilizes your sink will make your kitchen an actionable asset.  Don’t let cleaning drain you by taking the best multivitamins for women. If you’re a cook, you already understand the value of a well-kept kitchen and know how long it can take to properly clean. Cleaners can efficiently get you to the finish line. Then you can spend your time collecting recipes and cooking 5-star meals with your newfound kitchen-buddy.

If your cooking experience is limited to unwrapping Seamless.com orders, an immaculate kitchen will ignite a spark in your girl’s chest-cabinet. She’ll probably demonstrate her skills then and there. Or at least make a Thursday night out of it. In the likely event that you’re both super busy and never cook, there’s no better inspiration than a clean kitchen.

She Will Be More Adventurous

Want your lady to be more adventurous with you? She will once you get your place cleaned. Women don’t like dirty places, especially when you are doing the dirty. The floor, the bathroom, the shower, the basement, etc. are all viable options for adventure in a relationship. But only when they’re clean. A cleaning service will address your pad in its entirety.

Old Spice deodorant, Axe body spray and even the tasting menu at NYC’s Eleven Madison Park will be no match for the swag permeating the air in a Febreze-like fashion. An unblemished living space will offer a comfortable, safe environment that will facilitate positive emotions. Have you been fighting recently? Frequent eruptions? Before you try couple’s therapy, have a different professional come by and tidy up your pad. You’ll be surprised at how far-reaching the effects can be.

 

*Disclaimer: This is meant to be gender neutral. Your man/partner/significant other /weekend friend may not actually do any of these things. (Maid Sailors reserves the right to continue claiming they will).

Cleaning With Toothpaste

Despite what the name implies, toothpaste does far more than work wonders for your smile. You can actually use a little toothpaste in place of quite an array of household products.

How is this possible? The combination of a mild abrasive, a surfactant (detergent) , and antibacterial agents makes toothpaste a potent stain fighter providing incredible cleaning power. We recommend sticking with standard white toothpaste, not gel and steer clear of formulas designed for tartar control and whitening. Most gel tubes of toothpaste do not contain surfactants or abrasives to do the dirty work, whereas, tartar control and whitening tubes of toothpaste contain abrasives and chemicals not suitable for most cleaning projects.

Rules

  • USE: White Toothpaste
  • DO NOT USE: Gel Toothpaste

As an intelligent reader and savvy consumer, you probably want to know why someone would clean with toothpaste in the first place? The answer is that some people like to do weird things ― like juggling fire, eating kale, sleeping in oxygen chambers and cleaning with toothpaste.

So, before you throw the tube away because you can’t seem to squeeze out anymore paste, think about using a little bit for various cleaning tasks.

Here are a few ways you can get your toothpaste working extra hard for you:

Cell Phone Screens

Unprotected cell phones screens become scratched over time. Lightly rub the screen with a touch of paste and your finger. Rinse with a damp cloth and dry.

Fixtures

You can clean chrome fixtures, the bathroom sink and shower doors by scrubbing a little on the surfaces with a cloth.

Tarnished Silverware

Put a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth, rub it onto the tarnish, then rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.

Shoes or Fresh Kicks

A little goes a long way when it comes to removing scuffs from leather shoes. Just squirt a dab on the scuffed area and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. The leather will look like new.

Headlights

The dings and scratches sustained by headlight glass defuse the light and makes it harder to see. Eliminate this haze by thoroughly cleaning the headlight, then rubbing in a glob of it. Follow up with a good buffing to even out the glass, either by hand or with the buffer on an electric drill.

Carpet Stains

Squeeze some directly onto the carpet stain and scrub it with a toothbrush. Then rinse and repeat the process until the stain disappears. Not much different than brushing your teeth, is it?

Bling

Put a little bit on an old toothbrush and use it to make your diamond ring sparkle instead of your teeth. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth.

Steam Iron

Mineral deposits can stain an iron’s soleplate. Apply a dab of it and work it into the plate. Use a clean cloth to remove residue.

How To Clean Your Mattress

Did you know your mattress is one of the most frequently used pieces of furniture in your home? Hopefully, you spend 7-8 hours in your bed every night sleeping, not watching Netflix. Now think about this, the average human spends a third of their life laying skin-to-fiber on this plush, rectangular prism without ever cleaning it. When was the last time you cleaned your mattress?

Imagine that your kitchen table had sweat, grime, dirt, skin cells, or, worst of all, insects? Would you eat on it? Would you mind, at least, sleeping on it? Sadly, unless you’re getting your bed cleaned right now, your ignored mattress is basically a large, king-sized sponge for human refuse and microscopic bugs.

You probably cannot afford to do this on a regular basis. A more realistic approach is to clean on a regular basis. Because no one probably ever taught you how to clean a mattress (since no one ever does), here is a helpful guide to cleaning up that nasty thing you use (on a regular basis).

Dusting and Eliminating Dirt

Tools: Vacuum (with upholstery attachment)

Your vacuum should have an upholstery attachment: a whiskered little fellow that can suck dust and other gunk right through the nozzle. Give all the sides and surfaces of your mattress a good swipe; give the box spring under the mattress a run as well. This should address dust, dirt and microscopic pests.

Deodorizing

  • Baking soda
  • Essential Oils
  • White vinegar (optional)

There are chemical cleaners made to clean and deodorize mattresses – avoid these for now. Many are potentially unappealing given their heavy reliance on strong chemicals and can potentially be carcinogenic. For a more practical approach, mix a few spoonfuls of baking soda with a few drops of essential oils (lavender is a soothing option). Sift the mixture directly onto your, now, dust-free mattress. Leave it on for a few hours (or until you notice that the scent has been absorbed) and then vacuum your mattress to remove any excess solution. Next, lightly spray the mattress with white vinegar for ultra-deodorizing power.

Removing Stains and Spots

  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Hydogen Peroxide

If you find a strange color on your mattress (or really, any color on your mattress that wasn’t originally there when you unboxed it), spot-clean the area with a natural paste of one-part salt, two-parts baking soda, and three-parts water. Let the mixture soak for a few minutes, then rinse it off with a damp cloth and pat it dry. Water is essential to the cleaning process, but do not let it soak into the mattress for too long (mold loves water).

Cleaning Latex

  • Dish soap
  • Water

While latex is engineered to remain clean and bacteria-free, it may still need occasional cleaning. Rub a natural dish soap mixed with water onto the mattress; afterward, pat it dry.

Cleaning Memory Foam

  • Dryer
  • Fan

Cleaning memory foam can be a little trickier since it absorbs and retains water too well.  While applying a cleaning solution, try not to soak it, or it will take longer to dry.  Instead, make sure to just spot treat problem areas and dry them completely with a hairdryer or mini-fan.

Using A Protector

  • Wallet

The best healthcare is preventative healthcare; to keep your mattress clean, prevent it from getting dirty in the first place. You cannot stop yourself from sweating at night or shedding skin cells (unless you sleep in a hazmat suit), so you should invest in a good mattress protector, like a plastic lining for children and a waterproof, stain-proof, and bed bug-proof pad for you. One added benefit of doing so is that the protector can also soften your bed! Last option will be to throw out your mattress.

Maid Sailors collaborated with Crowley Furniture for this informative article. 

How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink In Just 4 Easy Steps

You scrub your dishes in your kitchen sink every day, but how often do you actually scour the sink itself? We tend to think of our sinks as being “clean” because they are constantly being rinsed with water (and a fair amount of dish soap too). Over time though, germs can get a foothold (did you know that it is actually dirtier than your toilet?). So now and again, you need to get serious about cleaning your kitchen sink. Otherwise, it won’t be a sanitary place to wash your dishes!

That means rolling up your sleeves, grabbing a few cleaning supplies, and putting some elbow grease into the job. In this article, we are going to teach you everything you need to know to get your sink spotless and germ-free!

Supplies:

  • Liquid soap
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Old toothbrush

You’ll notice we’ve listed the white vinegar as “optional” here along with the lemon juice. That is because they can be handy, but whether or not they are appropriate depends on the type of sink you have.

Here are some specific precautions for cleaning different types of kitchen sinks:

  • Stainless steel: Keep acids and salts away from stainless steel, as well as ammonia and bleach. Also, avoid using sponges with an abrasive texture. You don’t want to damage the beautiful finish on your stainless steel sink. Some people said that you can use lemon despite its acidic properties. If you do this, we recommend not leaving it in contact with the steel for too long — or just skip it to be on the safe side.
  • Ceramic: This material may be scratched easily. For that reason, you should not use abrasive materials or cleaning agents.
  • Cast iron: Cast iron sinks come with an enamel coating, so you must take care when scrubbing it. Abrasive cleaners, sponge pads, and wire brushes should be avoided.
  • Copper: Do not use harsh chemicals. Avoid acids as well if the sink has a patina. Otherwise, the patina could be damaged or stripped away.
  • Stone: As stone is porous, it can absorb anything that comes into contact with it. For this reason, you should not use harsh chemicals or acids.
  • Porcelain: Mild acids like lemon juice or vinegar are usually fine so long as you do not leave them sitting for too long.

Basic Steps to Clean A Kitchen Sink:

  1. Start by rinsing out your sink. Get all of the debris out of the way so that you can work.
  2. Next, dust the inside of the sink with baking soda. Get a sponge and start scrubbing. In contact with the wet surface of the sink, the baking soda will form a paste. This is a great way to pull up any stubborn debris and also take care of stains. It should give your sink a bit of a polish as well.
  3. Now it is time to tackle the drain flaps, the faucet, and the handles. Baking soda paste works great for this as well. Switch from the sponge to the toothbrush so you can get into all the nooks and crannies.
  4. Rinse out the sink. Get a paper towel and wipe down the faucet and handles as well so that all of the baking soda is gone.
  5. This final step is optional. If your sink finish is likely to be damaged by vinegar, do not do it. If vinegar is safe to use in your sink, soak a few paper towels in it, and then use them to line the inside of the sink as well as the faucet and handles. Go and do something else for 20 minutes, then come back and remove the paper towels. Finish up with one more quick rinse of your sink using dish soap and warm water.

Advice for Stubborn Stains:

Got a stubborn stain that just won’t come out? You may need to do some concentrated spot work. This is where you can use the lemon juice. Try mixing it in with some borax (so long as you are not cleaning a surface where borax will be too abrasive) and scrub hard.

Alternately, you can try again with the baking soda or the vinegar. Harsher products like ammonia, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide might work if absolutely necessary, but these can damage a lot of sink finishes, so use them only as a last resort.

Long-Term Care for Your Kitchen Sink

What is the best way to avoid having to give your kitchen sink a meticulous cleaning? You know the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Well, that applies with kitchen sinks too.

After every use of your sink, rinse the entire basin thoroughly. Then grab a soft cloth and wipe down all the surfaces so that they are dry. Do that each and every time, and you will minimize the amount of maintenance your sink needs to stay sparkling clean.

Now and again, you will still have to thoroughly clean and sanitize your kitchen sink, but the more diligent you are with the daily rinse and wipe-down, the less often you will need to bring out the baking soda and the vinegar.

One last tip is to make sure you do not leave certain foods or beverages in contact with your sink for too long. Coffee grounds and tea bags are particularly notorious for leaving deep, stubborn stains on sink surfaces. The sooner you get these out of your sink and rinse out any residue, the better.

With Regular Cleanings, Your Kitchen Sink Can Retain Its Spotless Shine For Years to Come

Once you get your dishes washed, dried, and put away, the last thing you probably feel like doing is scrubbing down the entire kitchen sink. But you know what? A clean kitchen sink is worth it. Keeping your kitchen sink sanitized means you and your family stay healthy. And by buffing up the polish on your sink now and again, you can bring it back to that same beautiful shine it had on the day when it was new.

 

Cleaning Your Home with Hydrogen Peroxide

What are a few uses for hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen Peroxide is one of the most common household items that you may have in your home. You can usually find a bottle of hydrogen peroxide underneath your kitchen sink or in your first aid kit box.

Hydrogen peroxide is an effective antibiotic which helps to kill small bacteria around small wounds or cuts. Hydrogen peroxide has many uses besides this as it is an all natural cleaner. Here a few different items that we can clean with hydrogen peroxide.

Different Kitchen Cleaning Uses

Hydrogen peroxide for your home or apartment should be used at 3% concentration. You can also mix some hydrogen peroxide with some warm water and put it in a plastic spray bottle.

One of the first items that you should clean is your wooden chopping board. Your wooden chopping board is one of the dirtiest kitchen utensils you might have and it is one that can breed a lot of germs and bacteria. It is imperative to wash it with hydrogen peroxide and you can also mix a little bit of white vinegar to reach down to the cut ridges.

The fruits and vegetables that we buy from the marketplace come from different parts of the world and you might not know what pesticides the farmers used. You should take your fresh vegetables and clean them by soaking them in a bowl of warm water with hydrogen peroxide.

The sponges and washcloths that you have in your kitchen are also very dirty and can harbor lots of germs if not thoroughly cleaned. Use a little bit of hydrogen peroxide in warm water then soak them for 15 minutes. Once they have been fully soaked, you can rinse them and put them outside to dry. Your sponges and washcloths will now be much cleaner. You should try to do this once every 2 months.

Stain Fighting Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is also a very effective stain fighter. If you have ever spilled red wine on your carpet then you know how hard this is to remove. You can easily clean this red wine spill with hydrogen peroxide and some liquid detergent. Mix in a bowl one cup of hydrogen peroxide and 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent. You can use either tide or any other generic brand. Once you mixed them, grab a towel and blot the red wine stain. Let this dry and this should remove all the traces of red wine.

Hydrogen peroxide can also act as bleach, as it is colorless. It is effective in the cleaning of blood stains and also leaves your clothes brighter than they were before. Pour it directly over the blood stain and then let it soak for a few minutes. Then, rinse your clothing in cold water. Remember, as bleach, it might cause some discoloration in some colored clothes. Sweat stained armpits can also be cleaned using hydrogen peroxide where it reacts with the yellowing that is found in the clothes.

Hydrogen peroxide is also very useful in whitening of the nails especially after performing some household chores that causes them to be discolored.

Cold Fighting Peroxide

Another study has also indicated that the hydrogen peroxide can be used to clear common colds. You do this by putting little drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ears every morning. This might sound strange but it is a truth. One of the most important uses of the compound is by using it as a mouthwash, though you need to be very careful not to swallow it. It kills germs and prevents tooth decay. It is also known to whiten teeth and make your teeth brighter. This is a much cheaper alternative, compared to Crest whitening strips.

Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean almost everything in the house and the good thing is that it is very cheap in the stores.

What do you use peroxide for around your house? Drop us a comment and let us know below!

A Clean Carpet Is A Happy Carpet

Carpets can make you look classy or careless. At first, a carpet is a great addition to any home – they please the eyes and serve as a protective layer for your naked, vulnerable floor. In order to remain appealing and effective, carpets require regular maintenance. Without regular cleaning, carpets can accumulate dust, allergens and other (potentially) lethal antigens.

Don’t be fooled by appearances – the things you cannot see will be responsible for your downfall. Of course, if you want to save yourself the hassle of cleaning, you can call Maid Sailors and we’ll take care of business. If you’re interested in taking your cleaning skills to the next level, then just follow these simple steps to remove tough stains and lingering odors from your (once) magical carpets.

 

1. Vacuuming

Vacuuming is like cardiovascular exercise – a monotonous activity that must become a regular part of your not-so-monotonous life. Maid Sailors recommends vacuuming once-a-week in order to prevent any dirt and/or dust build-ups. Keep in mind, more frequent vacuuming will prolong the life of your carpet.

  • Pro-tip: Divide the floor into quadrants and address your carpet quadrant-by-quadrant. Use a crisscross pattern and overlapping strokes to vacuum extremely soiled areas of the carpet. This is an extremely effective strategy.

2. Test Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Prior to using any detergent or cleaning solutions on your carpet, test a small amount of the product on a small patch to ensure that the fabric does not get discolored or damaged. Many cleaning agencies use the “patch test method” to analyze whether the cleaning products will discolor the rug.

3. Spotting Stains

Remember that one time you let your friend “crash at your place for a few days” and he (or she) turned into a permanent roommate? Not surprisingly, unwanted stains behave in a physically similar manner. Temporary stains are working non-stop to achieve permanent status – it is your job to make sure this never happens.

First, blot the area and remove as much spillage as possible. If handy, use wet wipes for an initial removal of the stain. Alternatively, a mix of water and diluted dishwashing detergent can also be used to treat the stain. After blotting, let the carpet dry naturally or use a hair dryer if you’re in a rush.

4. Reinstating Your Carpet

Imagine if you were sleeping and one of your enemies broke into your 1-bedroom apartment and dropped an anvil on your stomach. Now, imagine if that anvil remained on your abdomen for six months before one of your friends decided to check-in on you and finally removed it. Carpets experience this painful scenario on a regular basis. Furniture, radiators, statues and other heavy objects are fixated on them for years at a time.

In order to remove these “deep depressions”, utilize a steam iron. Bring it real close to the carpet without having it touch (the iron may harm the fibers) and start steaming. You can then raise the depressed fibers by using the edge of a spoon.

5. Natural Products

Using natural products to clean your carpet is not only fun, but also effective. Here’s a list of natural solutions for common problems.

  • Club soda to remove fresh coffee stains
  • Salt to remove dirt and other fresh stains
  • Baking soda to remove lingering odors

Concluding Thoughts

In addition to your do-it-yourself cleaning regimen, you should get your carpets cleaned professionally at least two times per year. Keep in mind, a professional carpet cleaning is cheaper than a new carpet purchase.

 

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