For kids and parents alike, August is one of the most exciting times of year! Back to school, children are excited about new teachers, new classrooms, friends and activities. But as children re-engage in sports and after-school activities, filthy shoes can mean stains for your carpeting. Here’s a quick list of back-to-school carpet challenges and their solutions.
Dirt and Mud. Sure, we love it when our kids are involved in outside sports and play, but tracking into the house can make for a disaster, especially on rainy days. One of the first things we tend to do is rush to scrub up the dirt or mud. Instead, allow the area to dry and then vacuum what you can before attempting to clean soil out of carpets. Once you vacuum dry particles from carpet, you can use plain water or a vinegar solution to gently blot out any remaining soil. Remember, the majority of wear and tear on your carpet and rugs is caused by not vacuuming enough. Don’t stress the dirt – just vacuum it!
Crayons. Crayons are a back-to-school staple, and all too easily left out, only to be stepped on later. If you end up with a dash of unexpected color in your carpet, start by vacuuming all crayon particles out of the area. Remaining small crayon bits that have adhered to carpet fibers can be removed just like candle wax (check out Manufacture’s Spotting Tips for details on wax). Remember to be patient, this tip works well but can take a little time.
Watercolor paints. Most carpets can and will handle a few spills in their time, and the overturned watercolor wash cup never fails to leave a darkened, murky-looking spot in fibers. If you are confronted with this or any other ‘washable’ art or craft substance in your carpeting, always start with clean, warm water and fresh white towels (to prevent additional marking or color transfer, as well as to clearly see what you have removed during the cleaning process). Repeated blotting may be all that is necessary. Be patient, and avoid scrub brushes, or anything with bristles, that can ultimately damage carpet fibers.
Ink, gum or other similar substances: Some fiber care cleanup can pose a real challenge… either because of the fiber type or the spilled substance itself. If you have a spill or stain you think may be potentially difficult to remove, call us! It can also be helpful to check with your carpet, upholstery or rug manufacturer for details, or check with the product manufacturer (spilled/stain substance).