Thursday, 29 September 2011

How to Lighten a Carpet

Carpets come in a variety of colours, shapes and materials from which people can choose. However, some carpets are very expensive to be replaced with new ones, and when they become darkened by stains, a much more practical way is to deal with the unsightly stains than purchasing a new carpet. There are a number of inexpensive common household products that can effectively lighten your carpet and remove the dark stains. Follow the instructions below, and get you carpet back to life.

  1. Open windows and doors to ventilate the room, and prevent concentration of bleach fumes. Dilute 1 cup of chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of water in a bucket. Mix thoroughly with a spoon. You can increase the amount of bleach if you want stronger lightening effect.
  2. Fill a clean spray bottle with the mixture, and spray it over the area of the carpet you want lightened. Use a scrub brush to rub the bleach mixture into the carpet fibers. Make sure the carpet is thoroughly saturated before proceeding with the next step.
  3. Remove the bleach mixture from the carpet once it has achieved the desired effect. Use sodium thiosulfate to neutralize and stop the bleaching process. Depending on the form of the sodium thiosulfate, whether it is liquid or powdered, dampen a clean white cloth and blot the bleach off the carpet, or dissolve it in water and use it as instructed on the product's label.
Carpet cleaning Camden team warns that the bleaching effect is permanent and cannot be undone. Some carpets can be lightened with white vinegar, just spray undiluted white vinegar onto the darkened areas of the carpet and remove it when you have achieved the desired effect. You can call professionals, such as carpet cleaning Camden, to lighten your carpet and avoid eventual complications.


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