The key to pee is speed. Grab some napkins or paper towels and soak up as much as you can, immediately! Then, pour a small amount of tepid water over the area to dilute the urine, and cover with a clean towel. You'll need to remove as much of that mixture as possible, so add some weight to the towel like a heavy book. If the area remains a bit on the smelly side, you can spritz a simple homemade deodorizer on the carpet made from 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 c. warm water, and 1/2 c. white vinegar. This solution is an excellent eco-friendly, kid-safe go-to cleaner to keep on-hand for carpet cleaning in Tracy, CA.
Kid Disaster #2: Oh, No! Not Play-Doh on the Carpet Again!
It's been 24 hours since grandpa dropped off his kiddie care kit consisting of a mega pack of Twizzlers, a jumbo container of giant soap bubbles, and the much-loved-but-ever-dreaded crate of Play-Doh. To your chagrin, five minutes into playing with the clay, your carpet is already thickly crusted with the sticky stuff. Believe it or not, removing play clay from carpet is a breeze, and doesn't require any cleaning agents or hot water. Let the dough dry out and remove it with a hard-bristled brush, as Play-Doh breaks and cracks when dry. It may require a few sweeps, but once it breaks into small pieces, just vacuum the dry bits. Easy peasy! If the coloring agent in the dough leaves a stain, then gently rub a mild dish soap solution onto the discoloration to remove the mark.
Kid Disaster #3: Not-So-Yummy Squishy Rice a la Carpet!
Parents, you know how it is when you serve couscous, rice, and other tiny edibles. Some food goes in the mouth while most of it ends up on the floor. In carpeted homes, that's a total nightmare. Now, you could always get a family pet to help you clean up that mess. But, you'll still have to deal with food residue on carpet fibers, not to mention the addition of doggie drool. Honestly, there's no need to worry, because cleaning your carpet is easier than it seems. Similar to play clay, let the grains dry, then just vacuum the mess. Attempting to vacuum soggy rice further embeds the grain and makes that mess even messier. Whatever discoloration is left, can usually be wiped off with a clean, damp microfiber cloth.
If you need more helpful hints for carpet cleaning in Tracy, CA, stop by the Gary's Floors showroom, and our flooring pros will be happy to share their carpet cleaning secrets.