Quick fixes for new-looking carpets

        First, to really get it clean, sweep the carpet with a broom, which will make the nap stand up and loosen embedded dirt. Next, vacuum the carpet. Your carpet should show a noticeable improvement just from taking these two steps.

        If you have pets and need help neutralizing strong odors, mix one cup Borax with two cups cornmeal. Sprinkle the carpet with this mixture. Let stand one hour, then vacuum. To freshen the carpet, combine three-quarters of a cup baking soda, two tablespoons cornstarch, and one-quarter cup perfumed talcum powder. Sprinkle on dry carpet, let stand five to 15 minutes, then vacuum.

Spot-cleaning tips


        Use a clean white, absorbent terry towel

        Blot or tamp the spot

        Pretest the carpet in an inconspicuous area

        Clean the stain from the edge to the center

        Apply cleaner to the towel

        Clean with modest amounts of cleaning solution

        Adhere to product safety guidelines and general instructions

        Remove the stain as soon as it is noticed

        Remove the dirty excess before cleaning

        Use cleaning compounds at lukewarm temperature


        Saturate the carpet with cleaning compounds

        Apply heat or vigorously scrub the stain

        Leave the stain until later

        Fail to remove dried excess stain prior to cleaning

        Forget to pre-test the carpet or stain

Follow these tips, and your carpet will look good as new again in no time.

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