Monthly Archives: August 2014
When you spill glue you have to act quickly to remove it. Many glues are fast drying so it’s easier to clean up the glue if it’s still wet. Pre-test the carpet to make sure it doesn’t get damaged by trying to remove the glue.
- First start by dabbing the glue with a damp paper towel. You may need to repeat this process with multiple damp paper towels (don’t keep using the same paper towel if it’s covered in glue)
- If the glue is wet and is slow drying, you will probably be able to pick up most of the glue.
- Make sure you get down into the fibers after you have picked up the glue on the surface.
- If this isn’t working with water, dip the paper towel in white vinegar then try blotting.
If the above process doesn’t work, or if the glue has dried:
- Take a brown paper bag (grocery bag) or a thin cloth and put the brown paper or cloth on top of the glue.
- With an iron on a low setting, carefully iron on top of the bag or cloth, checking frequently to see if the glue has melted and transferred onto the cloth or paper.
- Check the spot in 10 seconds. If you need more heat, slowly increase the temperature setting on the iron and try it again.
- Keep checking every 10 seconds or so, and repeat the process until the glue has melted into the cloth or paper.
- Do not spray the glue with water or use steam on the iron.
The easiest way to remove hair from carpet, furniture, drapes, and even clothing, is with a lint roller. Just roll away the hair and dispose of the stickers once they are hairy and ineffective.
You can also use rubber or latex gloves, or a rubber sponge. Wipe over furniture and carpet edges with gloves or sponges and watch how the hair just pulls away. You can also moisten the gloves or the sponge with a little bit of water, which helps in eliminating static electricity and will help it cling better so you can ball it up easier.
If you are in a pinch, you can even rub a blown up balloon on the pet hair! The pet hair will cling to the balloon due to static electricity, and then you can wipe the hair from the balloon into the trash.
After using any of the methods above, vacuum the carpet and upholstery to remove any remaining pet hair. Make sure your vacuum cleaner is at the proper setting for your carpet. When you are vacuuming carpet, make sure to vacuum in different directions (“cross vacuuming”) to ensure you are vacuuming each side of the carpet yarn.
When something heavy like the leg of a chair or table is placed on a carpet, it can create a “dent” in the carpet. Here are some ways to remove carpet dents:
- Place ice on the dents for a few hours.
- After the ice has melted, absorb the water.
- Then use a spoon or fork to lift fibers.
If the ice didn’t work, try heat.
- Lay a cloth over the dent and iron the cloth using the iron’s steam setting. It is important to use a cloth between the iron and the carpet to prevent damage.
- After ironing, use a spoon or a fork to lift the fibers .
If the steam from the iron doesn’t work, try another ironing method.
- Lay a very moist towel on the dent.
- Using your iron on medium heat, iron the towel for 30 seconds. Be careful not to touch the carpet with the iron.
- This time leave the towel on the dent afterwards and don’t remove it until it has dried.
- After the towel is dry and you’ve removed it, vacuum over the carpet in that area to suck the fibers up to their full height. Depending upon your vacuum it may be more effective to use one of your vacuum’s accessories for a stronger pull.
If the ice and ironing methods don’t work, try using a hair dryer.
- Spritz the area with water and the use a hair dryer on the low setting on the carpet. If the carpet is made of wool or nylon fibers, the heat will help it rebound.
- Use your fingers or a utensil to push the fibers as you blow.
Sometimes you just can’t get out carpet dents. It depends on what made the dent, how heavy the object was, the type and quality of the carpet, and and how long the dent was there.