6 carpet maintenance hacks that you never knew about

Dents in your carpet? Gum, stains or pet accidents? Or are you penalized with an electric shock every time you touch a doorknob? After sleuthing out some common carpet maintenance problems, we at Vifloor Canada have compiled a list of our favourite hacks to save you time and aggravation.

  1. Ice cubes can remove dents in your carpet. Have you ever moved some heavy furniture and unearthed dents in your carpet that won’t go away? According to Apartment Therapy, setting out ice cubes along the dents of your carpet and allowing them to melt overnight should fix the problem. You’ll of course have some puddles to wipe up in the morning, but this is a small price to pay for the hours of work you may be in for if you don’t try this simple method first.
  2. Using an iron can help remove stains. Water, white vinegar, dish soap and a towel can be all the reinforcements you need to call in when fighting a carpet stain, according to wikiHow. After applying your solution of one part vinegar to three parts water, placing a damp towel over top and then lightly ironing over the stain at the highest steam setting should lift it from the carpet.
  3. Shaving cream is a great stain remover as well. Shaving cream will remove most types of stain, according to Popular Mechanics. Apply directly to the stain, let set for 30 minutes, and then blot away with a dry cloth. A water/vinegar solution will wipe away the solution.
  4. Fabric softener can prevent static shock. Mix three cups of water with a half-cup of liquid fabric softener, pour into a spray bottle and apply it to your carpet. Presto – no more doorknob jolts or hair faux pas. According to Quick and Dirty Tips, this solution also doubles as a deodorizer.
  5. Freeze gum out of your carpet with ice cubes. Once reduced to a colder temperature, gum becomes more likely to break up. Home Repair Geek advises to put some ice cubes in a resealable bag and place directly on your carpet for five to 10 minutes. After the gum becomes frozen, use a spoon or dull knife to scrape it away. You may need to repeat the process until the gum is removed completely.
  6. Vinegar, warm water and baking soda will help fight pet stains. As soon as possible, place a layer of paper towels on the problem area and stand on them in order to absorb as much as possible. Mix a solution of two cups of vinegar, two cups of warm water and four tablespoons of baking soda. Apply via spray bottle. This method from DIY Network also suggests adding baking soda directly to the stain for, uh… larger problems.

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