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Carpets in need of a tune-up? Try these ideas

Quick fixes for new-looking carpets
First, to really get it clean, sweep the carpet with a broom, which will make the nap stand up and loosen embedded dirt. Next, vacuum the carpet. Your carpet should show a noticeable improvement just from taking these two steps.

If you have pets and need help neutralizing strong odors, mix one cup Borax with two cups cornmeal. Sprinkle the carpet with this mixture. Let stand one hour, then vacuum. To freshen the carpet, combine three-quarters of a cup baking soda, two tablespoons cornstarch, and one-quarter cup perfumed talcum powder. Sprinkle on dry carpet, let stand five to 15 minutes, then vacuum.

Spot-cleaning tips
Use a clean white, absorbent terry towel
Blot or tamp the spot
Pretest the carpet in an inconspicuous area
Clean the stain from the edge to the center
Apply cleaner to the towel
Clean with modest amounts of cleaning solution
Adhere to product safety guidelines and general instructions
Remove the stain as soon as it is noticed
Remove the dirty excess before cleaning
Use cleaning compounds at lukewarm temperature

Saturate the carpet with cleaning compounds
Apply heat or vigorously scrub the stain
Leave the stain until later
Fail to remove dried excess stain prior to cleaning
Forget to pre-test the carpet or stain

Follow these tips, and your carpet will look good as new again in no time.

This information is brought to you by a proud member of the Texas Association of REALTORS®. Whenever you buy, sell, or lease real estate, make sure your agent is a REALTOR®.


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