DIY Ways to Clean Your Carpet
One of the parts of the house or items in the house that receives that harshest treatment would be the carpet. Of course, I do not see any other item in the house that we march on, and pour wine, pasta, pet feces and other things on a daily basis, except the carpet. So, it is safe to say that the carpets in our houses have suffered in our hands.
Now, if you are in love with your carpet, there is always the tendency and urge for you to flip out your sponge and detergent and start scrubbing the carpet whenever we notice these stains on them. However, the urgency and the strength with which we apply these things may not determine whether we will get the carpet properly cleaned or not. The major thing that informs a properly cleaned carpet may be the strategy that we apply in the cleaning. Different types of stains may need different cleaning methods to remove them from the carpet completely, and below are the best DIY ways to clean your carpet.
General DIY Cleaning Rules
You must ensure that the stain is cleaned as soon as you notice it or as soon as it happens. Make sure you do not allow it to set before you clean. Don’t let them sit round.
You should also try and blot out the stain instead of scrubbing it. It is better to work to pull out the maximum amount of liquid you can, so that the reduction of the spread and size of the stain will be the major focus. This should be followed not by a rigorous scrubbing, but by a sort of dabbing motion.
You have to apply less cleaning products so that it will take lesser time to dry, and your carpet will not be stained by these. Dish soap or club soda can remove majority of the elements that stain your carpet.
When you are through with cleaning, you should dry properly with towel, because leaving it damp means inviting mold. You can dry with a fan or hair dryer too.
Specific Cleaning Methods
Each stain and dirt smudge can require different forms of treatment and, as such, it is important to know just what those are. We spoke with Champion Chem-Dry out in Florida to help us understand exactly how we could treat some of the most common spills and stains. They gave us the following quick-tips: For dark colored food stains, use small soap and water, and scrape with sponge. For fatty and greasy food, scrape with knife. After this, place a paper towel on top and iron with your electric iron on the lowest heat level. This brings up the grease. After this, use white vinegar, soap and warm water to rinse.
- For coffee and other foods, blot and rinse with club soda, and complete with soap and water brushing.
- For nail polish, soak a rag in colorless acetone and blot with it.
- For pet waste, remove the poop, rinse with club soda, and also brush with water and soap and rinse.
- For makeup stains, use dish soap and rub the carpet after getting it damp. Pat it dry after this.
- For gum stains, drop a towel wrapped in ice on top of the gum and scrape off.