So you’ve had your carpets professionally cleaned from the team at Chem-Dry of Acadiana, but what about maintaining their appearance in between appointments? Whether you’re looking to spruce up their look for an upcoming gathering at your place or just want to freshen up the overall look of your home, there are a few tips you can implement to have your carpets looking their best.
Chem-Dry of Acadiana has been providing homes and businesses in all of Lafayette, Louisiana including St. Landry Parish, Evangeline Parish, St. Martin Parish, Lafayette Parish, Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Carencro, St. Martinville, and Youngsville with an unbeatable carpet cleaning service. Throughout our time as one of the go-to carpet cleaners in the area, we’ve worked on many different carpets. Coupled with our service, we’ve seen which DIY tips and tricks seem to work best for maintaining a carpet’s look for years to come, and we wanted to share those with you.
Plus, these hacks are easy to execute with a few everyday ingredients you have on hand at home. They’ll make it easy for you to accomplish some last-minute carpet cleaning before your guests arrive.
Our Favorite Hacks for In Between Carpet Cleaning Visits
When it comes to keeping your carpets clean in between professional appointments with Chem-Dry of Acadiana, our team of cleaning technicians recommends the following tips. As always, be sure to contact us with any further questions that you might have as well as to book your home’s next carpet cleaning appointment.
Tip 1: The Ice Cube Lifter
Doing simple change-ups of the placement of furniture every so often in your Lafayette home can help give it a fresh look. If your furniture was placed on the top of the carpet, you’ll likely notice that it has left its mark in the form of deep imprints that just always seem to catch your eye. Initially it can seem like you’ll have to play the waiting game until these spots go back up by themselves to restore the normal look of your carpeted areas. However, there is a solution that seems to work like magic at getting the pressed areas of the carpet to rise back up.
We recommend putting a regular sized ice cube on top of these areas and letting it melt. Once the ice cube has fully melted on the flattened carpet, take a white cotton cloth and begin to touch up the excess water that has been left behind. Then, place another white towel down over the area and iron on top of it until the carpet fibers are nearly dry. This will leave them soft, pliable, and lifted up to their former state. Doing this simple trick will allow you to move your furniture more confidently knowing that you can rid your carpet of previously flattened areas to match the look of the rest of your carpeted area.
Tip #2: Nozzle Vacuuming for Shag Carpets
We never thought we’d see them again, but here they are. Shag carpets are back in style. Because of their unique nature, you might think that they might trap increased amounts of dirt and dust and thus merit increased vacuum cleaning. However this can quickly cause the delicate shag carpet fibers to become frizzy, loosen, and break off. You can quickly lose the beautiful look of your shag carpet while also having to deal with a mess in your Lafayette home.
If you can’t apply traditional vacuuming techniques for your shag carpet out of risk of damage, then what should you do? Luckily there’s another way. Our team of carpet cleaning technicians has found that the hose attachments of vacuums work great for detailed cleaning of shag carpets. The concentrated nozzle will clean deep into the roots of the carpet without stressing its weave, resulting in less fiber loss and frizz.
Tip #3: Baking Soda Refresher
Baking soda has its many uses for all kinds of endeavors around the house, including freshening up your Lafayette home’s carpets. That’s right. If you can sense increased lingering odors from your carpets, try out this tip that includes the application of baking soda.
Locate some citrus essential oils of your liking and add a few drops to a 16-ounce box of baking soda. Once that is done, gently sprinkle this mixture over the odorous areas of your carpet and let it sit for ten minutes. Then, vacuum up the powder. This will help to eradicate the odor that was once there and give your carpets a much fresher smelling scent.
Tip #4: Oil Stain Solution
Oh no! You’ve spilled oil on your carpet, will this ever come out? At Chem-Dry of Acadiana, we know a thing or two about carpet stain removal and can tell you that this too can be extracted. But before we get there, it’s important that you immediately get to work on the stain by quickly absorbing as much of it as possible. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the spot as this will only cause the oil to spread to initially unaffected areas. Once you have gently blotted up as much of the oil as you can, soak up what is left behind with baking soda.
Our team recommends applying a liberal amount of baking soda to the stain until it is clear that the oil has been absorbed. This will most likely take the form of a somewhat crusty texture to the baking soda. Once this is achieved, get out the vacuum and extract the baking soda.
Give us a call to finish the rest of the job as we can remove virtually any stain. We proudly work by the motto that “if we can’t get it out, no one can.”
Tip #5: Squeegee Carpet Cleaning
If you have pets, you’re no stranger to how much pet hair gets spread throughout your home. Especially if you plan on having company over, you want to present a clean carpet or couch that they can sit on without getting absolutely coated with shedded fur. While vacuuming can be a good place to start, it still doesn’t seem to always get the job done right or as quickly. We recommend using a squeegee for this type of cleaning.
While you’d only really ever use this for window cleaning, it works great at removing trapped pet hair and other lodged particles from your carpet. Run your squeegee over the carpet like you would over a window during cleaning. You might get a little grossed out with all of the pet hair that you are able to remove!
Carpet Cleaning in Lafayette Parish and St. Martin Parish
These are some great tips to help keep your carpets looking great in the short term. However, nothing beats the power of a professional carpet cleaning service from Chem-Dry of Acadiana for your Lafayette home in the long term. Using our innovative Hot Carbonating Extraction method and green certified cleaning solutions, we’ll help you revitalize the look and feel of your home’s carpets. Learn more about what makes us one of the leading choices for carpet cleaning in the area by reading reviews from some of our most recent customers. Call Chem-Dry of Acadiana today at (337) 233-9444 to schedule a carpet cleaning visit to your home or business in the Lafayette area!