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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Clean the Dirty Edges of Carpet

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Step 4: Rinse well with hot water or All Fiber Rinse, an excellent product that will assure a good, clean rinse. Use a wet-dry vacuum to do this if you have one available, or blot well with a clean white cloth to avoid transferring any dyes to the carpet. Repeat as needed, depending on the severity of the problem.


-- Change the filter(s) on your HVAC system once every three months without fail.

-- Thoroughly clean the filter in the range hood weekly.

-- Use the range hood fan and vent every time you use the oven or cooktop. You want all of that smoke, cooking oil and airborne residue to leave the house immediately.

-- Keep doors and windows closed if you live on a busy street or in an area with a lot of pollutants.

-- Make your home a smoke-free zone. All smoking should be taken outdoors and away from open windows and doors.

-- As lovely as candles and aromatherapy can be, these can contribute to a filtration soil problem. Switch to flameless LED candles, which create a lovely, realistic ambiance. Some even have fragrances.


-- If you use a fireplace, make sure the system is clean and the pollutants it creates are being properly removed from the house. Clean the chimney and filter (if any) regularly as well.

No carpet? If you have no carpet, don't think you're off the hook when it comes to filtration soiling. Sure, you won't have black lines on the carpet, but that sticky, black residue is going to find its way to upholstered furniture, hard surface flooring, draperies, blinds, windows and so on. If that's not bad enough, it will make your house smell bad.

Do what you must to get rid of all the dirty edges of the carpet and/or furnishings in your home. Then take the easy steps to prevent it forever!

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