Cleaning methods for your new home

Moving into your new place can be a daunting task, there is so much to do and it feels like your mind is cluttered just like the space of packed boxes around you. Once all of that has been settled and you’ve packed away and stored all your household items you may find stains all over your carpets. To get your new home in shape for the housewarming there will be cleaning that needs to be done. Many people check the bond affordability calculator to see if they qualify for their dream home, once they do the next step is to start nesting.

The simple mixture and rinse

Mix up a solution of 1/4 teaspoon plain dishwashing liquid and one cup warm water in a spray bottle. The detergent that you use shouldn’t contain some kind of skin-moisturizing ingredients as this will cause additional staining. Then fill up a second bottle with clear cool water to use for the rinsing.

Don’t over spritz the stain with the detergent solution. If you don’t have a spray bottle, go out and find one, it’s much better than just pouring on the solution to the stain. You will then keep the carpet, the backing, the padding, and even the floor underneath from becoming saturated and damaged.

Blot the stain

Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel, turning it to a clean area as it absorbs the stain. When stains are already deep, and has set into the carpet, work the fibres with your fingers. But do not aggressively rub the stain or it may become distorted and twist the pile, then causing it to spread.  Continue spraying and blotting until the stain is gone or no longer comes up into your towel.

Continue to spritz the stain with clear water to rinse then blot the stain dry until all traces are removed as well as the soap mixture. Be sure to dry up the soap, as it will only attract more soil, therefore it’s important to completely rinse the spot and blot it out.

Drying the wet spot

To quickly dry out the stain, place a stack of three or four clean paper towels on the wet spot. The paper towel will instantly soak up the remaining dampness once you put a heavy vase on top of it. Leave it overnight so any residual stain will wick from the carpet to the paper towels. Should you overlook this step, the stain will just reappear the next day as the carpet dries.

No need to try Vanish or OMO, when you have a bit of liquid detergent AND it won’t cost you a pretty penny either.


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