Carpets warm a home by adding color, pattern, and texture. Regular vacuuming provides the first line of defense against dirt and grit that damages carpet fibers. But carpets also need regular cleaning to keep them looking their best. Plan to thoroughly clean your carpets every 3 to 6 months, more often in high-traffic areas. If you have light-color carpet and/or kids or pets, clean your carpets three or or times times a year. Always follow the carpet manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines.
If you’re at a loss for how to get a stubborn stain out of carpet or upholstery, this clever trick will have you ironing stains out with little more than an iron, rags, and vinegar. Spray the old stain with a solution, then lay a damp terry cloth towel over it. Using the steam setting on an iron, iron over the damp towel. It will restore the carpet to nearly the previous non-stained condition. Research has shown that the solution can be done with a mixture of 1/4 white vinegar and 3/4 water.
Another clever use for your iron is removing wax from carpeting and cloth. If you spill candle wax, cover it with a few paper towels gently iron it on a low heat. The wax will liquefy and wick up into the paper towel.