Plant Stain Prevention for Your Carpet

August 4th, 2011

Keeping real plants inside the house is a very common decorative feature these days. Plants add emphasis, a feeling of coziness, and serenity.  There are many types of greenery, but depending on where you are wanting to place the plant mainly depends on sunlight. Certain types of shrubbery require heavy- sunlight that will need to be placed directly by a window. On the other hand, low-sunlight plants can be situated almost anywhere and are relatively easy to maintain. Of course, when plants are placed on carpeted areas, it’s very common to have plant and soil stains from the excess watering. To for soil spills, all you need to do is first vacuum up as much of the soil as possible. Next, use any household spot cleaner to clean up the remaining soil fragments.

Plant stains can be some of the most difficult stains to remove, depending upon if chemical fertilizers have been used. A few of the key ingredients found in majority of plant fertilizers are Phosphate (P), Nitrogen (N), and Potassium (K). The secondary nutrients include small amounts of Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Chlorine, Zinc, Boron, Manganese, and leftover filler. Filler is typically sawdust, sand, or grainy limestone, but it has to be mixed with Phosphate, Nitrogen, and Potassium or the chemicals would burn the plants. From using a chemical fertilizer to treat your indoor plants, your carpet color can become distorted, or have complete color loss.  Many easy house plants do not essentially need fertilizer, so if you can do without it, it’s better to not use it.

Plant Stain Prevention

Fertilizer is not the only potential danger for your carpet, but also watering and moisture content. When you water your plants depending upon the moisture content of the soil, some water will be soaked up, and the surplus water will just seep underneath the plant.  If water is allowed to sit in a warm, humid climate then it’s very likely that mold and mildew will begin to germinate.  Not only is mold a serious health hazard, but it can also severely damage your carpet, sub-carpet, and padding. If you believe you have a mold formation on your carpet, you need to call a professional carpet cleaning company. Professionals need to be able to assess the severity of growth, in order to completely eradicate the entire mold.

An easy way to control moisture content is to buy large enough pans for all inside house plants. It’s important to choose sizes that are sufficient for your pot sizes, because this is what will stop the water from leeching into the carpet. Remember to not “drown” your plants, always water a lesser amount because if the plant needs it, you can always eventually add more. Also, monitor your plants especially after you have watered them.  If you can catch a spillover before or relatively quickly after it happens, the cleanup is usually effortless and simple. Some people may like the appearance of having indoor house plants, but there are others who claim these plants improve indoor air quality. Whatever is your purpose for having plants inside your home, it brings a little bit of naturalness into your environment.


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