Not many things make a home feel more comfortable than keeping our carpets fresh and clean all the time. However, dealing with stains in carpets can be tricky because of the careful cleaning required to preserve their color, texture, and fiber.
As a result, we get so worked up when unexpected staining from soda spill, grease, coffee spill, Kool-Aid spill, ink spill, pets, etc. occur. With this in mind, we have identified some DIY carpet cleaning tips you can apply to lift whatever’s underfoot and keep your carpet looking fresher and younger.
- Ammonia solution
Ammonia is an inexpensive cleaning solution that will help remove dirt and stubborn stains from your carpet.
1 cup clear ammonia
1/2 gallon (2 liters) warm water
Mix one cup clear ammonia with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) warm water
Apply the mixture to the stain and cover the area with a white towel
Place a warm iron on the towel to lift stains
Alternatively, you can soak a sponge in the solution and use it to clean the affected area
Allow to dry
- Vinegar and baking soda
Four tablespoons baking soda
2 cups warm water
2 cups vinegar
Mix baking soda, vinegar, and water to form a solution
Stir the mixture so that the baking powder dissolves faster
Pour the solution into a spray bottle and apply to the stained part of the carpet
Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes
After that, use a clean, soft cloth to blot the area
This solution is effective in removing horrific pet and greasy stains from all sorts of carpeting.
Tip: When cleaning blood spots from carpets, always use cold water instead of warm or hot water, as blood coagulates with heat. Doing so also helps prevent the blood from running into the carpet fibers.
- Hydrogen peroxide
One teaspoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
Cream of tartar or non-gel toothpaste
Mix hydrogen peroxide with either a dab of non-gel or a little cream of tartar to form a paste
Using a soft cloth, apply the stain on the stained area
- Ice cubes
If you have chewing gum stuck to the fibers of your carpet, you can use ice cubes to clear the space and restore your carpet to its original shiny glory.
Pour ice cubes in a plastic bag and place it on the stained area to freeze the gum
Using a butter knife, scrape the affected area, then blot with trichloroethylene, a liquid used in dry cleaning
- Paint remover
This technique removes stains such as spilled paint, nail polish, or leaked ink from the carpet.
Using paint remover, dab the affected area to clear stain
If this doesn’t work, try using a dry-cleaning fluid
It is recommended to treat carpet stain as promptly as possible because the faster you act, the more effective the removal technique you’re applying will be.