3 Quick Tips for Refreshing Your Old Carpet
From barbecues to boat rides to coastal hikes, people in Sydney lead active lifestyles as they make the most out of the beauty their city has to offer. While there is no question that being outdoors so much is great for our bodies, it tends to wreak havoc on our carpets, as people and pets come and go, tracking in all kinds of things and leaving stains in their wake.
And of course, there’s also just normal wear and tear to contend with—heavy furniture and daily use both take a big tole on the plush pile of carpets, leaving them looking flat, worn, and overall dull and uninspiring.
As tearing up and replacing all the carpet in your home is both very costly and very intrusive, it’s best to make the most out of the carpet you have for as long as possible. There are many easy things you can do to refresh your old carpet and keep it looking newer for longer, such as the three quick tips below:
- Get rid of indentations left by furniture with ice and a stiff brush. Moving furniture can leave unsightly dents in your carpet, making it look older and more worn than it is. To remove these, grab an ice cube from the freezer and let it melt over the dent, then gently scrub the pile with a stiff brush, pulling it back into place. (Note that you shouldn’t use a hairdryer set on high to melt the ice—this can damage your carpet! If you have to speed the process along, use a hairdryer set on low heat.)
- Clean your carpet with baking soda and vinegar. Simple and inexpensive, this old-fashioned trick works wonders to revive dilapidated carpet pile. First work in the baking soda with a stiff brush (rub it in deeply, working in all directions), then let it sit overnight so that it can fully absorb odours and bacteria. The following day, vacuum it up, spritz on a water and vinegar mix, and raise the pile with your brush. Your carpet will look as good as new in a few hours, and the vinegar scent will naturally dissipate as well.
- Hire a professional housecleaner. Professional housecleaners often use industrial-grade equipment to clean carpets and other areas in the home, producing a clean that’s hard to achieve on your own; they also have the benefit of many years of experience. You’d be surprised at the strange tricks some professional housecleaners know when it comes to removing stubborn stains and reviving worn carpet pile.