Monthly Archives: February 2014

How to Remove Salt Stains from Carpets

Although there are several reasons why salt stains can form on carpet. One known fact is that salt has the power to ultimately leave carpets discoloured and even potentially ruined if stains are left untreated. As a result, there is an easy remedy that will solve such issues and eliminate unsightly spots that can be left behind. This article will discuss one of the main methods for cleaning up salt stains on carpets. While clean up time does not take too long, there may be a little bit of elbow grease required, depending on how deep the stain.

To begin, vacuum up all loose salt that has not been ground into the carpet. Any remaining salt particles that have been crushed into the carpet when walked upon will require a more thorough cleaning. When this is the case, simply take some white distilled vinegar and add some warm water in a bowl. Combining these two cleaning agents will allow the stain to be completely removed should the stain run deeper into the carpet. Once the stained area has been vacuumed and the vinegar/water mixture has been made the next phase in salt stain removal can be continued.

Once the cleaning solution has been prepared, the next step that should be taken is to take a wet sponge and dip it into the water/distilled vinegar mix then scrub the area thoroughly to ensure that the cleaning agent goes deep enough, right where the stain began to form. After running through the stain for the first time, allow the cleaning agent to settle. Give this about fifteen minutes or so before going back to the stained area and scrubbing once more. It may also help to gently dab the stain instead of scrub to remove the salt carpet stain completely.

The final step in the process of removing salt stains from the carpet involves drying the once stained area. To do this simply take a dry rag or towel and scrub the area until dry. This will finish the process and, furthermore, keep mold from forming from a wet piece of carpet. One other piece of advice is that if the humidity is high, then it is advisable to keep a fan running over the area to have it completely dried up, especially if the area is not completely dry. The stain has now been removed.

Natural Cleaning Tip -Make your own fabric refersher

There isn’t much I dislike more than stink.  Ick.  I try to fight the stink as much as possible.  I have bought every candle known to man, plugins (which aren’t very safe), and chemical filled fabric refreshing sprays, and they work just fine.  I wanted something a little less chemically (that’s a word – well, it is to me).  I did some research, and it seems that baking soda is the one natural ingredient that really has the power to neutralize odors.  That’s great, but I like pretty smells too.  I have finally come across the best smelling solution on the planet, and today I’m going to share with you how to make your own fabric refresher spray … a natural cleaning trick!

I start by adding 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a clean spray bottle.  You can buy these for $1 at The Dollar Tree or clean out an old spray bottle thoroughly and recycle it.  Next I add two cups of warm water, put the lid on and shake until the baking soda has dissolved.

Now I take the lid off and add 10 drops of lavendar essential oil.  I love the smell of lavendar, but you may not….no problem…just use a different scent, like maybe lemon?  Put the lid back on and shake well.

Now, spray your fabric or just spray it all around the air!  I use it on curtains, bedding, pillows, furniture and my rugs.  It smells like Heaven, and I don’t have to worry about spraying chemicals all over the house where my family lives…that’s what you call a win – win!