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Cleaning the Carpets {Day 50}

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From Chaos to Calm: Day 50

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Scripture Memory: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23, 24

  In my own home, we have carpets on the main floor in the living room, sunroom, and master bedroom. We are in the process of pulling out the carpet and restoring the hardwood floors beneath, but for now the rest of the house has either tile or hardwood. My carpets are a very pale shade – with just the slightest hint of green.

We have a black top driveway, and the blacktop is constantly tracked in on our shoes. We have a rule about taking shoes off inside of the house but inevitable, someone will forget to take something to the car and need to quickly run back inside, tracking in the black asphalt. Talk about a frustrating cleaning nightmare.

So, we purchased a steam cleaner that I can use whenever the carpets begin to look dingy. If you have small children who spill their chocolate milk frequently on the carpets, or have a black top driveway as I do, you may want to consider purchasing a carpet cleaner for home use.

     Carpets should be vacuumed a minimum of once a week. Whether the carpets appear dirty or not, vacuuming will remove ground in dust and dirt that your eyes cannot see and will help your carpets remain in good condition for a longer period of years. Debris can be swept up with a broom if you do not have access to a vacuum cleaner.

You can either purchase a steam cleaner or rent one from the grocery store. Or you can call a professional company to come and clean the carpets for you. Carpets in high traffic areas should be cleaned in this manner at least twice a year.

    Spot cleaning is necessary in most homes from time to time. As the mother of five kids running around the house {and several dogs, cats and grandchildren}, my carpets take a beating. Spills happen much too frequently. Dirty feet track in grass, mud, and more… Such is the life of a carpet in home with children.

  For the ultimate Spot Treatment, purchase a can of Spot Shot. By far the best product for removing stains on carpets that I have used, I was amazed when grape juice was spilled and right before my eyes the stain disappeared! Otherwise, use your favorite cleanser or follow these simple tips:

  If a spill happens, use a fresh clean cloth to blot up the excess liquid. For a fresh stain, using club soda may work well. Allow it to bubble and sit for a few minutes before blotting the spot. Do not rub or scrub the stain. For stains that are set in, use a product like Simple Green, Oxi-Clean, or again the Spot Shot.

     To remove odors from your carpets, liberally sprinkle the entire area with baking soda. Allow to sit for 30 minutes or over night if the smell is particularly bad. Follow up with a good vacuuming.

What’s your best tip for caring for your carpets? Any special tricks?

P.S. I have not had the time to produce the rest of the podcasts in this series. I know some of you have emailed me about it, and I apologize! It takes me about 2 – 3 hours to produce one 15 minutes audio and I just don’t have time to work on it right now. I hope you understand!

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  1. I actually have a carpet cleaning machine and a professional carpet cleaning service that I use for the heavy lifting haha With two little kiddos running around and getting into everything, my carpets see a lot of damage. Your tips in addition to my choice for deep cleaning sure have helped me out though and I couldn't be more grateful to you for sharing them.

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