If your carpets are looking a little dirty and you are not in a position to afford a commercial cleaning service, there are a number of ways in which you can have your carpet looking new forever. Many of the common household cleaning products that you’ve already got in your utility cupboard will be just perfect for cleaning your carpet.
So before calling an expensive carpet cleaning service, DIY it with these common household solutions to help wipe out all kinds of tough carpet stains, from red wine to pet urine.
Cleaning tea or coffee stain out of your carpet may seem totally impossible, but you can actually lift it out by pouring a bit of beer right on top of it. Rub the beer gently into the material and the stain should vanish. You may have to repeat the process several times to get rid of all the traces of the stain.
Remove stains from carpeting and upholstery by sponging them with a solution of one cup of clear ammonia in half gallon or two litres of warm water. Let it dry properly and repeat the process if necessary.
Vinegar is the ultimate stain remover. Rub light carpet stains with a combination of two tablespoons of salt and half cup white vinegar. Allow the solution to dry and then vacuum. For larger or darker stains, add two tablespoons borax to the mixture and use in the same manner.
For tough, ground-in dirt and other stains, make a paste of one tablespoon vinegar with one tablespoon cornstarch and rub it into the stain with the help of a dry cloth. Abandon it for two days and then vacuum.
- Shaving Cream
If there has been spilling of juice on your carpet, you can make it normal by using shaving cream. Blot the stain, pat it with a wet sponge, squirt some shaving cream on it and then wipe clean with a damp sponge. Shaving cream also does wonders on grease and oil stains. Just work the cream into the stain, let dry and then rub off with a damp soft cloth.
If you have accidentally dropped ink on the carpet, a little spilt milk can help you. Mix the milk with cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to the ink stain and allow the homemade concoction to dry on the carpet for a few hours. Then brush off the dried residue and vacuum it up. Cornstarch is even great for soaking up grease and oil stains. Sprinkle the spots liberally, let sit for several hours and vacuum up.
No need to worry if you spill red wine on your white carpet. While the wine is still wet, pour some white wine on it to dilute the color. After that, clean the spot with the help of a sponge and cold water. Sprinkle the region with salt and wait for about 10 minutes. Now vacuum up the whole thing.
For greasy food stains on carpet, mix up salt and rubbing alcohol in 1:4 ratio and rub it hard on the stain, being careful to rub in the direction of the carpet’s natural nap. For ketchup spill on your carpet, act fast as once it dries up, it will be next to impossible to clean it. Just sprinkle salt over the spill, let it rest for a few minutes and then vacuum it. Sponge up any residue and continue salting and vacuuming until the stain disappears completely.
Try out these simple and effective methods to remove stains from your dirty carpets. They can help you save your valuable money!