How Did Grandma Get the Stains Out?

Modern technology has created advances that we take for granted, and carpet cleaning is one of them. It was not always as simple as calling your favorite professional cleaner to refresh your home. Grandma’s generation had to use different techniques to clean their carpets and rugs.

Stain Removal

Stains are a difficult issue in every home.  Even Grandma had a problem with them.  For generations, the easiest way to remove stains was what they often refered to as elbow grease. Simply scrubbing the fabric in some way with soap or some other additive and a clean toothbrush or shaving brush would release the dirt from the fabric of the carpet. Using water to dab the spot after scrubbing would remove the dirt, but only from that area. There was no real way to clean the entire carpet with elbow

Chemicals

There is an entire industry of cleaning chemicals that society can choose from today, but Grandma did not have those on her grocery store shelves. The cleaning products she used included products that she would have had on hand for another, general purpose in the home. Baking soda combined with a small amount of water created a paste that is used to scrub out a stain.  White vinegar works well to lift stains, but it is also anti-fungal and kills bacteria that collects in the fabric. Mixing a little vinegar with a bottle of water to spray liberally over the carpet before vacuuming can lift small amounts of dirt and grime.

Rug Care

Old fashioned rug care took a lot of energy and strength. Rugs were removed from the house to hang on a clothesline. Grandma used a large stick or paddle to beat the dirt out. Large area rugs were very heavy to carry out to the appropriate place for airing. Not to mention the amount of furniture that was moved to accomplish that. The beating of a rug was not only a laborious task but also time consuming and dirty. This technique could take all day.

 

Grandma’s cleaning techniques could take days to complete. Our modern lifestyles don’t give us the time to do things that way. For an easier way out, call Carpet Cleaning Athens today to get a professional to do the tough cleaning for you.

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