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How To Clean Your Carpets And Rugs Without Toxic Chemicals

How To Clean Your Carpets And Rugs Without Toxic Chemicals

Interior designers understand the integral part carpets and rugs play in decorating a house. They come in many patterns, allowing you to complete the look you were going for, break up existing dull colors and patterns, as well as being very practical in terms of providing insulation and making the floor much less slippery.

However, great as they may be, there is a lot of hassle involved with having a rug, and most of it boils down to not being able to keep it clean. It’s quite common for people, and particularly children, to bring in dirt from outside and spill things on the floor. Cleaning stains from rugs often involves the use of toxic chemicals. Although this is an easy way out, it doesn’t really address the cause of the problem and you can end up having to clean the carpet all over again in a short while if some preventive measures are not taken. Here are some useful tips on how to clean carpets and rugs without using dangerous chemicals.

1. Have people take off their shoes or wipe their feet when they enter the house.

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    You can avoid a lot of persistent stains and cut down on your cleaning if you take these simple preventive measures. Place a nice big door mat at the front door where people can wipe their feet or even several door mats both outside and inside the house. You can also buy a bunch of inexpensive house slippers and have people take off their shoes and slip into a comfortable pair of slippers when they come into your home. Make sure that you thoroughly clean your pet’s feet and wipe him down before you let him into the house, so that he doesn’t make a huge mess.

    2. Vacuum regularly.

    Proper home maintenance is about much more than knowing how to clean carpets and deal with nasty stains. If you don’t pay attention to the state of your carpets on a regular basis you will have a much harder job keeping them clean. You shouldn’t have more than two days in between each vacuuming session, which equates to vacuuming three times a week. If you have pets that shed a lot, you should use a brush to get the hairs out and vacuum every other day. Wet/dry vacuums are a godsend, but you’ll need to act quickly before the liquids have time to set in. There are also specialized vacuums that can be used for removing dust mites that can cause allergic reactions.

    3. Use salt to soak to help soak up spills.

    If you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, you can sprinkle salt on a spill, let it soak up the liquid and then run a regular vacuum over it. You should use salt immediately after noticing the spill. If the spill was left to soak into the rug, then you’ll need to sprinkle some salt on it, vacuum and use some towels to help you blot out deeper stains.

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    4. Good ventilation

    Ventilating your rooms frequently, especially during and some 20 minutes after vacuuming, will help you deal with unpleasant smells and dust. Letting some clean air into the room at least a couple of times a day is also great way to reduce allergic reactions caused by dust mites, as well as to prevent staining caused by cigarette smoke.

    5. Choosing the right rug makes all the difference.

    While there are a lot of cheap rugs that look relatively nice, these may not be as cost-effective as you think in the long run. Viscose rugs won’t last nearly as long as traditional woolen rugs, as the fibers break and discolor easily. Wool carpets are great for people with allergies as they soak up common allergens and do not re-emit them into the air, so a quick vacuuming session takes care of all those pesky allergens. Wool carpets also help prevent mold spores from taking root, which can save you a ton of money on mold removal as well. A big, fluffy carpet is a bit more difficult to clean and synthetic carpets tend to grab hair and lint, requiring more effort to get them out than just going over them once with a vacuum cleaner, and they hold odors much more readily than other materials. Take the time to choose the right rug; it will be worth your investment.

    6. A towel, soap and water can take care of most small stains.

    It’s important to act fast and deal with stains as soon as the mess has been made. A plain old white towel can be thrown on liquid spills to soak up most of it before it soaks into the rug or dries out. After you blot up the stain, you can wash it with some warm soapy water, rubbing it lightly with the towel and then leaving it to dry out. Soapy water will also do wonders for small dirt-stained patches.

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    7. Use carbonated water for persistent stains.

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      Carbonated water is great for taking out red wine stains, even if they have been left to soak into the carpet for a while. Some people even recommend mixing carbonated water with a bit of white wine for more persistent red wine stains.

      8. Use lemon juice on light-colored rugs.

      If the stains are on a light-colored carpet, mix lemon juice (from 1-2 squeezed lemons) with salt and apply it to the stain, leave it for about 20–30 minutes and blot it out with a towel. Lemon juice will also give that nice, fresh, citrus smell to your rugs, which is great for dealing with light odors.

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      9. Baking soda and aromatic oil keeps things fresh.

      Baking soda is great for soaking up odors, so if you have pets or small children you can mix a cup of baking soda with a bit of aromatic oil, sprinkle it all over the carpet and vacuum it up after about half an hour. Your carpets will smell as fresh as a beautiful spring morning

      10. White vinegar can be used to deal with strong odors.

      For pee stains and other odorous spills, white vinegar is the best solution. You’ll need to soak up the stain with a towel and then mix half a cup of white vinegar with 4–5 cups of water in a spray bottle and spray it on the stain. Just leave a window open for about an hour and then blot it up with a towel to get rid of the odor. Put a couple of towels over the area, put some weight on them and leave them for a few hours to soak up liquid that has gotten deep into the rug.

       

      There are a lot of things that can go wrong around the house, particularly when you have pets and kids or have friends over all the time. Someone is bound to spill something or make a bit of a mess on your rug, but it’s not the end of the world. In most cases you don’t have to take it to the cleaners or use toxic chemicals to remove stains. All you need in order to keep your carpets and rugs clean is to set some house rules and to learn how to clean carpets with a few proven tricks. These will cover most stains, but there are tons of other home cleaning tricks you can use.

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      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

      1. Breathe

      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

      2. Loosen up

      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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      3. Chew slowly

      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

      4. Let go

      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

      It’s not. Promise.

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      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

      5. Enjoy the journey

      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

      6. Look at the big picture

      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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      Will this matter to me…

      • Next week?
      • Next month?
      • Next year?
      • In 10 years?

      Hint: No, it won’t.

      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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      8. Practice patience every day

      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

      Final thoughts

      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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