Once I had planned a fun activity to do with the kids. I bought a white sheet at the thrift store and laid out plates of different colored paint. My idea was for the kids to dip their feet in the paint and then run all over the sheet–decorating it with their cute little multi-colored footprints. Sounds cute, right? Well, I guess I didn’t explain it fully to the little ones because as soon as my little girl stepped into the blue paint…she took off running across the sheet…and into the living room, which was carpeted in a nice, pale shade of beige. There they were–little blue footprints all over the carpet. It took everything in me not to react, but to respond with kindness. “Oops! We were supposed to just run on the sheet!” Inside, I was thinking, ‘how in the world am I ever going to get those footprints out of that carpet?’
Similar to most adults whose floors bear the proof of a very active household, Hannah’s story rings true for many puzzled with the problem of stained carpet. Well not to fear, here are a few suggestions tips and tricks on how to resolve and restore mishaps on your floor.
- To remove red wine from a carpet, scrub the stain with club soda or cover the stain with salt to let it absorb the wine. Vacuum the residue. If the stain remains, wipe with a solution of detergent, water, and a few drops of white vinegar.
- To raise depressions in the carpet left by heavy furniture, hold a steam iron close enough for steam to reach the carpet, but don’t let the iron touch the carpet. Lift fibers by scraping them with edge of a coin or spoon.
- To remove gum from carpet, try pressing ice cubes against the gum until it becomes brittle and breaks off. Then use a spot remover to get rid of the remnants.
- Club soda is effective in getting up fresh stains in carpet. Just pour some on the spot, let it set for a few seconds, and then sponge it up.
- To remove candle wax from a carpet, place a brown paper bag over the spot and put a hot iron over it. The wax will be absorbed into the bag.
And in the event you can’t get the stain out, there’s always replacement. Let ProSource be your first and only stop for new soft surface floor-covering for the active living spaces in your home!
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Synthetic Carpet Fiber 101
Understanding fiber is key to understanding carpet. It breaks down easily into two major categories, synthetic carpet fibers and natural. Natural carpet fibers are derived from animal or vegetable sources that are processed further to make yarn. Cotton and jute are the primary vegetable-based fibers while wool is the most popular of the animal-based variety. Wool carpet fiber is expensive due to high demand and somewhat limited supply and is used mostly for rugs and higher-end carpets.
Synthetic fibers are produced chemically via petroleum products and include:
- Nylon carpet-the work horse of carpet, comprises 75% of the industry, is resilient, cleanable and easiest to dye and style
- Polyester carpet-softer and more accepting of brighter dyes, it’s used mostly in residential spaces due to its susceptibility to matting and crushing
- Polypropolene carpet fibers-extremely durable and unable to absorb moisture, it’s inexpensive and used primarily for commercial installations inside and out
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