When you think of cleaning carpets, what first comes to mind? Do you think about the copious amounts of pet hair just waiting to be sucked from the throngs of carpet threads or the mysterious stains blotted from room to room? Do you dread about momentous task that lies before you or look forward to the relaxing repetitiveness of the vacuum cleaner’s whizzing pur?
Whether you despise cleaning carpets or find solace in the task, these five fun, unknown facts are sure to give you a different outlook on the entire endeavor.
1. Light, bright… and salty?
Take a look at your carpet: does it look bright and fresh or tracked-out and dull? An interesting and effective way to make your carpet’s color shine is to sprinkle a thin layer of table salt onto the carpet’s surface. Let the salt sit for an hour or more before running the vacuum over the carpet.
2. A Latin Love Language
The word “carpet” is a product of the Latin term carpere which means “to pluck”. During the time when carpet gained popularity, fibers had to be plucked, grabbed, and pulled in order for the carpet to have the fuzzy, soft feel. Carpet also shares the root carpere with the Latin phrase Carpe Diem which means to “seize (or grab/pluck) the day.”
3. Ancient Threads
Believe it or not, there is carpet in existence today that is over 2,000 years old; no that’s not a typo and yes, you read it correctly. This carpet, called Pazyryk, was found in a Scythian tomb in Siberia nearly eight decades ago. If the Siberians found a way to keep their carpets in good condition for thousands of years, there are surely ways in which you can make your carpet last, too.
4. Stain Removers Or Protectors?
Take a trip to your local grocery or hardware store, and you’ll find dozens of different, brightly-packaged stain removers all claiming to fight even the toughest stains. What many of these products aren’t advertising however, is that along with stain-fighting solvents, there are also often protectants included in the solution. While hiring the help of a professional cleaning company can often tackle these stubborn stains in a safe, efficient manner, there are several at-home solutions you can use that will also do the trick. Consider this simple procedure:
- In a spray bottle, combine 1 teaspoon of dish-washing liquid, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, 1 cup of warm water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Vacuum the stained area and use the rough side of a sponge to gently wipe the area. Generously spray the stain with the solution and gently rub or dab with a clean towel, working the solution into the stain until it is entirely dissolved.
5. More Than The Eye Can See
Did you know that your carpet is designed to hide approximately one pound of dirt per square yard before dirt starts to appear? While this does have its conveniences, it also means that your carpet is much dirtier than you think. Experts recommend vacuuming your home once a week and having your carpets professionally cleaned every year to year and a half.
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