If you or someone in your family has a dirty job, you may be paying the price by increased clean up around the house. The top two highest paying "dirty jobs" are plumber and crime scene cleaner. In professions such as these, the worker's clothes get dirty and bring the gunk home. Fortunately, you can use a few cleaning tips to get the mess out of your carpets.
Dirty jobs inevitably involve grease of some type. Removing it from carpet can be particularly tricky. For oil and grease stains that have not yellowed, try using washing soda mixed with warm water. Make a thick paste and apply it to the stain. Give it time to work and then rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth. For the really difficult grease stains, try applying dry cleaning solvent with cotton balls. Remove the cleaner with diluted dishwashing liquid and then blot with a cloth.
Crime scene clean up is not the only job that exposes you to blood, but some professions bring home more of it than others. If blood gets into your synthetic carpet, try using two tablespoons of household ammonia mixed with a cup of cold water. For oriental carpets, you can try mixing one part white vinegar with two parts of cold water. To rinse, fill a bottle and spray the spot with clean water. Blot with a clean cloth to remove all of the cleaning solution.
Keep in mind that you need to try the cleaning solutions on a hidden spot to test your carpet for color-fastness. You will be better off calling the professionals if you cannot remove the stain yourself after a few tries or your carpet does not handle the cleaning solution test well. Also, carpet manufacturers recommend professional cleaning every 12 to 18 months to protect the look and prolong the life of your carpets. A combination of do-it-yourself cleaning and professional help will probably work best for you.
You do not have to have a particularly dirty job to get your home grimy, but some professions are harder on your carpets than others. Plumbers, crime scene cleaners, road workers, and doctors all bring home their own special blend of dirt, grease, blood and other substances that are difficult to clean. Try using some DIY solutions for the occasional difficult stain, but do not hesitate to call the professionals like those from CCI Cleaning Connection Inc if you need assistance.