When you have a loved one that is oh so fun to prank, the carpet that builds up static can be a fun weapon to lightly shock your unsuspecting victim and it works in a pinch. On the other hand, the static buildup can become a real nuisance. Static electricity occurs between two objects the product of unequal positive and negative. While static electricity may seem unavoidable and a part of daily life, there are some simple ways of eliminating static electricity buildup, especially during the dry winter months. Once you understand how static electricity is created and transferred, the steps you can take to reduce the initial static electricity is a lot easier and can reduce the electric shocks every time you touch something. Tough Carpet Cleaning offers some helpful tips below.
What Type of Treatment Helps Remove Static from Carpet?
1) Consider Skin Treatments. Your dry skin contributes to the static shock as you walk over the carpeting. Keeping your skin well moisturized helps to cut down the static shock that accumulates from your carpets. As you generously rub some lotion into your skin following a shower, be sure to re-lube throughout the day as often as needed.
2) Care for the Clothes. For a basic load of laundry, add ¼ cup of baking soda at the beginning of your wash cycle. In an effort to control the static shock, the baking soda will create a barrier between the positive and negative charges from accumulating and creating the static. As a bonus, using the baking soda will soften both the water as well as the fabric. If your laundry load varies, the amount of baking soda will differ. Larger loads should be increased with the baking soda to ½ cups while small loads will do well with 1 or 2 TBS of baking soda.
3) Use Humidifiers. When the air is particularly dry, the static electricity is increasingly active. During the winter months, most folks heat their homes to keep warm, which reduces the humidity in the air. If you increase the humidity in your home or business, the moisture in the air will contribute to reduce static charge from building up. Adorn your home with living plants to naturally add humidity to the air. If you are in a bind, you can create a DYI humidifier by boiling water on your stove. To create pleasant fragrances in your home for an extra bonus, add cinnamon or citrus rinds.
4) Handle the Upholstery. Your upholstery can be treated simply with a dryer sheet. Dryer sheets can reduce the static buildup on the surfaces by neutralizing the electric charge. Just rub a dryer sheet on the surfaces of your upholstery.
5) Treat the Carpet. Carpets are often the prime suspect when you get electrocuted by static buildup. In an effort to help treat rugs and carpets, quite a few carpet retailers will offer spray-on treatments. Lightly mist your anti-static spray over the surface of your carpets and rugs. These sprays significantly decrease the amount of static electricity building up on your carpet.
For a DYI static reducer solution, combine 1 capful in a full spray bottle of water, mix well and lightly apply on your carpet.