Carpet cleaning in Orange County can prove to be a bit of a challenge, especially if you have messy pets or running toddlers. Inevitably, at some point, you'll end up with spills and stains. Huge messes may require professional carpet cleaning in Orange County, but you can resolve minor mess issues on your own with some common household ingredients. The next time you see a red wine spill on your whiter-than-white carpet, or a pet mess on your carpet tiles, forgo the heart attack and keep these carpet cleaning tips in mind:
Ice Cubes or Ice Pack: Did your son blow an impressively large bubble with his Hubba Bubba gum? Did the gum then drop onto the carpet after it popped, embedding itself into the carpet fibers? Before you fall to your knees and sob in distress, use a Ziploc bag full of ice cubes, or an ice pack, to remove the gum. After 15 minutes or so, that gum will be frozen enough to scrape off using a credit card or a butter knife.
Club Soda: For scary stains like spaghetti sauce, coffee, tea or dog urine, club soda works wonders. First, remove as much of the liquid as you can by soaking it up with napkins, paper towels or a clean rag, then apply a generous amount of club soda. Let the soda stand for several minutes, as that stain needs to soak for it to break down. After 15-20 minutes, use more paper towels to soak up the liquid. For stains that have been sitting around for a while, dilute some carpeting shampoo and apply to the remaining discoloration to lift the last of the stain.
White Vinegar: When it comes to stain removal heroes, white vinegar is the leader of the super cleaners. There are plenty of different versions of vinegar solutions, but for carpet cleaning in Orange County, you may want to consider these two winners:
At one point, you'll need a deep-dirt white vinegar cleaning mixture that packs a punch. In those instances, mix 1 Tbsp. of cornstarch with 1 Tbsp. of white vinegar. Rub that thick paste into the stained area, and let that mix sit for 48 hours before vacuuming.
One great way of removing tea and coffee discoloration is by dabbing the stain with a half-water, half-vinegar solution. Additionally, you can eliminate juice stains with a simple solution that consists of 2 cups of warm water, 1 Tbsp. of laundry detergent, and 1.5 Tbsp. Vinegar.
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