City Tile’s Clean Floor Hacks Using Every Day Items
City Tile recently developed some videos offering quick and inexpensive ways to clean stains and other gook off of your carpet. While there are a lot of tips out there, we know that these two work because we tried them ourselves!
Use Ice to Get Gum Out of the Carpet
Let’s face it, gum in the carpet is a major yuck. Your momma probably told you about how ice will take it out and you did a few eye rolls and left the room. Now one of your precious children dropped gum on your brand new carpet and what are you going to do? Listen to what your mamma said. It is as easy as 1-2-3. Well, almost. It does take a bit of time and patience.
First, fill a sandwich bag with a few pieces of ice and rubber-band it closed. Then rub the ice over the gum until it is hard-frozen. Some people choose to put the ice directly on the carpet. This will work, too. Some people put the bag in place while they go off to do something else. Just don’t forget about it. The point is to freeze the gum.
Next, use a spoon, dull knife, or a putty knife to scoop up the hard gum. Dispose of the gum immediately before it thaws and gets sticky again.
Repeat until all of the gum is gone.
Getting Stains Out of Carpet with Shaving Cream
If no one in your home uses a good old fashioned razor, having all gone electric, take the time to pick up some white foamy shaving cream anyway. You will be amazed what it will take out of a carpet. Ketchup, gravy, spaghetti sauce, and grape juice will come up with a few drops of elbow grease.
Make sure to blot the spill clean with a dry dishcloth or several sheets of paper towel to make sure you have soaked up all of the excess liquid and mess. Cover what is left of the stain with a layer of shaving cream. Mash it into the carpet fibers with the back of a spoon and swish it around covering the stain. Wet a sponge and wring it out until there is a minimum of moisture. Blot the stained area with the sponge picking up the shave cream residue and the spill. It’s magic.