Have you run into a situation where you’ve blotted and blotted and blotted (because you know better than to scrub) but there’s an unsightly stain that just won’t come out of your carpet? This is one of a homeowner’s worst nightmares, because not only are dirt spots and spills unappealing to look at, but the reality is that carpets are one of the biggest investments we make in our homes so no one wants to see them get ruined. Fortunately, a professional carpet cleaning often does the trick when it comes to removing tough stains, but what are you supposed to do in between appointments so that you don’t have to be reminded of that spot every time you walk into the room? Below are a few quick ways to keep embarrassing stains hidden until they can be tackled by the experts.
Investing in indoor area rugs is one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable ways to conceal a stained carpet. Patterned rugs look great on solid color carpeting and come in a variety of styles to match up with your personal taste and decor. Rugs will also help to reduce some of the breakdown that carpets experience because of foot traffic, dust and other contaminants. Another added benefit of indoor rugs is that you can switch them out with the changing seasons and continually refresh the look and feel of a room.
Potted houseplants are a great addition to any room. Like a deep carpet cleaning, the right ones can help improve indoor air quality and the overall health of your household, but they also serve as a way to cover up the evidence of carpet discolorations or stains when pots are strategically placed over them. Just like with area rugs, there is a wide selection of houseplants and pots out there for you to choose from to enhance your interior design. Obviously, you don’t want to place your greenery randomly in the middle of the room, so this is best for hiding spots that are in the corner or somewhere else it would make sense for a potted plant to be.
This may not be the most ideal option, but if all else fails, you can always try rearranging your furniture to mask blemishes and imperfections in the carpet. It’s recommended that homeowners move furniture around periodically anyway to help redistribute the weight of heavy furnishings on carpet as well as create new footpaths to prevent faster disintegration of its structural properties. Again, this will only work if the stain happens to be somewhere that can easily be disguised by a couch, chair, table, bookcase, etc.
While it may still linger in the back of your mind that there’s a stain or two that needs attention, it doesn’t have to be visible to anyone else. All of these suggestions will give you a temporary solution until you can have your regular carpet cleaning done and will end up costing you much less than a full carpet replacement.