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The Top 5 Easiest Carpets to Clean

While everyone appreciates carpets for their warm, cozy, and decorative sides, the possible difficulties involved in cleaning them drive many people who would like to own one away. If this is the case for you, you should know that there are many carpets that are easy to clean, less dirty, and highly resistant over time.

The top 5 easiest carpets to clean

If you want to have a carpet to decorate and furnish your living room, your entrance, or any very busy room in your house, and therefore an easy-to-clean carpet, choose it mainly according to its material.

Bamboo carpets

Eco-friendly, resistant, and stylish are the main properties and qualities of bamboo. A carpet made of this environmentally friendly fibre is a good choice for decorating an interior with a more exotic and authentic piece. Its resistance, durability, and ease of maintenance also make bamboo a preferred material of people who want to clean their carpet easily and regularly with either a simple vacuum cleaner or a mop. Due to its high tolerance for moisture, bamboo carpets are a particularly good choice under tables or in living rooms, where liquids may fall.

Wool carpets

Despite what you might think, wool is a warm and soft natural material that’s also resistant to moisture, crushing, and wear. Very comfortable, and therefore ideal for decorating a bedroom or a living room, a wool carpet also has excellent thermal and sound insulation properties. The lifespan of wool is virtually unlimited, making wool carpets durable and easy-to-maintain accessories. Finally, wool is very hygienic, elastic, and available in beautiful colours.

Acrylic carpets

Despite the fact that acrylic is not a natural material, it has almost the same characteristics and qualities as wool and therefore offers soft, light, and warm carpets at lower prices than carpets made of natural materials. Besides that, acrylic has excellent resistance to crushing and trampling, and dirt doesn’t get trapped too much in its fibres. An acrylic carpet can be cleaned very quickly and dried slightly in the sun.

Polypropylene carpets

A very commonly used material in carpet manufacturing, polypropylene has the advantage of being a good insulator, for both cold and noise. Soft and comfortable, polypropylene carpets are also easy to care for, because they’re resistant to stains and moisture. Suitable for the dining room as well as the bedroom or living room, polypropylene carpets are generally inexpensive.

Nylon carpets

Among synthetic materials, nylon is one of the most noble, offering – on a carpet – a feel similar to natural materials. If you’re looking for an identical feel to wool, a nylon carpet will be your ideal carpet. Nylon carpets are also very easy to clean, care for, and remove, and they have great durability.

In conclusion, for their durability, their ease of regular maintenance, and their anti-stain properties, these 5 carpet materials are the best that you can find. It’s up to you to choose between them according to your budget, your aesthetic tastes, and the models that you find on the market. In all cases, avoid overly bright colours that show dirt and woven or high-pile models that make vacuuming complicated. Finally, before getting rid of your old carpet due to stains, make sure to see if it can be cleaned and made to look like new again thanks to the expertise of a professional cleaning company that specializes in carpets!

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How to Increase the Lifespan of the Carpet on Your Stairs

In addition to protecting your feet from the cold and providing comfort, a carpeted staircase helps absorb the noises from the steps in order to have a quiet environment between the floors of a house. However, because the stairs in a house are a high-traffic area that often gets trampled, the carpet on a staircase can quickly get damaged. Here are our tips for increasing the lifespan of the carpet on your stairs.

Clean it regularly and properly

  • A removable carpet

If you have a removable carpet on your stairs – that is, one that can be moved around on your stairs – don’t hesitate to take it completely off the staircase from time to time, and at least once a month, to dust it and air it out completely. To do this, hang it on a clothesline outside your house and beat it vigorously with a solid object. Then, let it air out to eliminate any bad smells. After the natural dusting in the open air, you can place your carpet on the ground and vacuum it with a powerful vacuum cleaner across its entire length and on both sides before putting it back.

  • A non-removable carpet

If your carpet is entirely integrated into your stairs or if it’s formed like a fitted carpet and you can’t remove it, you can use a powerful vacuum cleaner and vacuum each step, starting at the bottom of the staircase. That way, you move through the cleaning by always standing on an already-vacuumed step. If you do the opposite and start at the top of the staircase, you’ll drive the dirt into the carpet as you walk. Consider also vacuuming the risers of your staircase.

As soon as you notice that the carpet on your stairs is drab, dusty, or dirty because of your movements on it, vacuum and dust it. The best way to increase the lifespan of the carpet on your staircase is – naturally – to clean it regularly and as soon as it needs it.

Use the right type of vacuum cleaner

Vacuuming a carpet on a staircase is no easy task. To avoid breaking your back and tiring yourself out trying to pick up every last hair, you can equip yourself with specific accessories, such as an air-powered beater brush that can be added to your vacuum cleaner. This turbo-brush accessory, which is available on many vacuum cleaner models, attaches to the end of your vacuum cleaner hose by changing its initial tip and makes it possible to brush the carpet on your stairs quickly and efficiently. This turbo nozzle or air-powered beater brush also helps keep the carpets on the floor clean. It removes and sucks up hair, fluff, fine dust, and any type of slightly embedded dirt without making vacuuming a painstaking chore for you.

Clean the railings

Often, and as in every part of the house, dirt has a way of getting itself lodged where it’s least accessible for us. On a staircase, it gets stuck between the railing and the steps, but also in the corners of the railing, especially if it has patterns that create little hollows. If your staircase has a railing, whether it’s wooden or metal, you should clean it at the same time as the carpet on your stairs to increase the lifespan of your carpet. The dust on the railings will therefore stop falling to the ground and onto your carpet. To do this, use a clean, soft, damp cloth and add a few drops of a dust-removing product that respects the nature of the material of the railing. Move the cloth over every part of the railing, in all the corners, then dry everything with another soft, dry cloth. Your railing will be like new, and it will make your carpet and your whole staircase shine!

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Cleaning Car Mats: What Are the Most Suitable Techniques?

Cleaning car mats is never a pleasant task, but it’s something that should be done regularly to keep your car clean and welcoming for you and your passengers. How do you clean car mats without leaving marks? How do you remove bad smells? Here are a few tips to help you be fast and efficient.

The most suitable techniques for cleaning car mats

  • Salt and snow stains on car mats

In the winter, with the snow and salt, white marks often appear and get embedded in car mats. To remove these stains, you can scrub them with a hard, flexible brush soaked in hot water and distilled vinegar (about ¼ L of vinegar for 1 L of water).

  • Getting rid of bad smells on car mats

To get rid of bad smells on your car mats quickly and efficiently, one technique involves sprinkling baking soda on the mats and letting the product act overnight before vacuuming to remove it.

Cleaning car mats: the steps

  • Step 1: Begin by removing your mats from the car if they’re removable, whether they’re rubber or fabric, to make the cleaning task easier. In addition, taking them out of the car lets you prevent the water or the oily or foamy products used to clean them from damaging other, non-waterproof materials found inside the car. Getting this type of substance on your pedals could also, for example, cause an accident if your foot slips while driving.
  • Step 2: Vacuum all your car mats on both sides in your yard or in the parking lot of a gas station. You should use a vacuum cleaner powerful enough to remove dust as well as residue, rocks, mud, etc. If your car mats are wet and you’re having a hard time vacuuming them, you can sprinkle some baking soda on them before vacuuming, so that the powder absorbs the moisture in around twenty minutes.
  • Step 3: Shake the car mats firmly and vigorously to remove the embedded dirt and the finest dust that has resisted the vacuuming. After that, beat them against a hard surface once or twice on each side of the mat, then use a scraper to remove the last of the materials stuck to them.
  • Step 4: Without unnecessarily wetting your car mats, spray some water on them with a hose to dislodge the embedded grime. Then, apply a mixture consisting of liquid soap, baking soda, and water, and delicately scrub any stains that may be present. In addition to cleaning, the baking soda helps eliminate odours. Finally, you can rinse the rest of the mixture carefully.
  • Step 5: Dry your car mats in the sun and open air so that you can put them back without getting the inside of your car wet. If you absolutely must put them back and don’t have time to wait, turn on the heater or the air conditioning and direct it toward your feet to dry them faster. You can also put your mats in the dryer for a few minutes on your machine’s gentlest cycle.

To clean your car mats, you can also use a pressure washer or a steam cleaner, if you have one, or even rent one from a professional cleaning company to clean all the cars in your home.

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Cleaning White Walls: How to Remove the Most Stubborn Stains

Because white walls always end up getting stained one day or another, it’s best to plan ahead and provide the equipment you need to clean your white wall when it gets stained by coffee, pencil marks from your children, or greasy food splotches. As with laundry, there’s a solution suited to each type of stain, as well as to each type of wall paint.

Cleaning white walls based on the type of stain

  • Beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate

To remove the marks of a hot beverage that has fallen and splashed all over your white wall, it’s best to act directly by wiping up the liquid with some paper towel. Then, try to eliminate the remaining stains with a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol.

  • Pen or marker ink

Often, when you have children, there comes a time when they want to express themselves on the walls of the house. To remove scribbles or drawings in pen or marker on a white wall, one solution involves spraying some hairspray on the stain, then absorbing it as soon as the ink starts to flow.

  • Grease and food splotches

To clean grease stains or splotches encrusted on a white wall, you can make a mixture of baking soda and water, form a little paste, then apply it to the wall and let the mixture act for a few hours. After that, rinse the mixture on your wall with a damp sponge, then dry the wall with a clean towel.

Cleaning white walls based on the type of paint

To clean a wall without damaging the paint, first of all, you should always consider choosing a product and cleaning equipment suited to the paint.

  • Water-based paint

On a white wall painted with water-based paint, the most stubborn stains should be removed with an eraser or magic eraser sponge, which just needs to be moistened to scrub and remove the stains.

  • Acrylic paint

To clean a white wall painted with acrylic paint, it’s best to use soapy water without really immersing the wall in water to avoid damaging the paint.  For example, you can make a mixture of water and black soap and move a sponge directly over the stain, making movements from bottom to top.

Tip: On a non-washable white wall, a very effective tip for getting rid of a stubborn stain involves cutting a potato in two and making circular movements over the stain before rinsing with water. The power of the starch in the potato works wonders for making many types of stains disappear.

  • Glycerin paint

On a wall with glycerin paint, scrub the most stubborn stains with an only moistened sponge and possibly some well-diluted baking soda, and don’t scrub too hard to avoid chipping the paint.

  • Milk paint

Waterproof and eco-friendly, milk paint on a wall lets you easily clean stubborn stains with soap and water, as well as with many other products.

To clean a white wall and remove the most stubborn stains, consider checking the type of paint, but also the type of substance that caused the stains. If you have to deal with a large number of stubborn, non-identifiable stains or many walls to be cleaned, rely instead on professionals to avoid damaging your white walls.

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Cleaning an Oven: Which Tools and Products Should You Use?

Essential in any self-respecting kitchen, the oven is the favourite piece of equipment of bakers and cooks of small roasted dishes. To preserve its effectiveness and take care of the dishes that cook up in its den, you have to maintain it, keep it clean, and even refurbish it from time to time, because it’s a tool that gets dirty very quickly. Here are our tips for cleaning an oven.

First, clean the oven racks and grates

If – and only if – they’re cold, take the racks and grates out of your oven and put them in your kitchen sink. To clean your oven racks and grates, you can use water and dish soap or baking soda. Let your oven racks soak in soapy water, then scrub the stains lightly with a sponge and some water before rinsing them fully.

Clean the inside and outside of the oven

The outside of your oven can be cleaned very easily with mild soap, hot water, and – most importantly – a soft sponge to avoid scratching or damaging the walls of the oven, which are usually easily damaged.

As for the inside of the oven, things get complicated, since this is often the hardest part to take apart, degrease, and clean. To get rid of dirt, you can equip yourself with several effective products:

  • Baking soda

An essential product in the house, baking soda is particularly useful in the kitchen, where it’s a great cleaning ally. Baking soda comes in the form of a very fine, 100% biodegradable powder that’s at once cleansing, softening, and slightly abrasive. It can be diluted in a little water or white vinegar, then applied to the racks and grates of your oven by scrubbing lightly with a dish sponge.

  • Lemon

Lemon is a fruit that has many useful properties for cleaning. It’s antibacterial, eliminates odours and grease, and polishes any type of surface. When it comes to cleaning an oven, it helps remove the pieces of food stuck and encrusted on the inside of the oven and eliminates their smells. Its ease of use, in particular, makes it a product appreciated by everyone. To clean your oven with lemon, you can cut two lemons into two pieces, extract the juice from them, then put the liquid in a dish placed in the oven to cook for 30 minutes at 300℃. The lemon will act without even touching the walls of your oven, and then you’ll only have to clean with a damp cloth. This technique also has the advantage of leaving a delicious smell in your oven and eliminating noxious odours.

  • Coarse salt

Because salt and coarse salt can usually be found in every kitchen, this seasoning is very useful for cleaning a very dirty oven. 250 g of coarse salt mixed well in half a litre of water helps effectively eliminate even the most encrusted stains. To do this, apply your mixture to the walls of the oven, then clean with a damp cloth, delicately scrubbing the stains.

With these three products, as well as some water and a damp cloth, you should be able to recover your oven. However, be careful not to wait too long before cleaning your oven, because debris, rust, and grease build up quickly and become increasingly difficult to remove. If you’re not capable of cleaning your overly damaged oven, you can also rely on cleaning professionals.

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