DIY carpet cleaning tricks for all stains
As you might aware each type of dirt and stain require different methods to pre-treat before we can clean the carpet. If you have met grease, chocolate, urine messes and do not know how to relive your carpet, check the below cleaning tips that have been verified.
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- What to do when there is accidental spillage on the carpet?
- How to clean dark-colored food stains on carpets
- How to clean grease stains on carpets
- How to clean wine and coffee stains on the carpet?
- How to remove nail polish stains on the carpet?
- How to clean pet urine on carpet
- How to clean chewing gum on carpet
What to do when there is accidental spillage on the carpet?
First, the time is the gold rule here. You need to treat and clean the stain ASAP. Do not let the stain set into the fibers because it will cost you much more efforts later on.
Second, people to scrub the stain right when it was on the carpet, but this has become a wrong approach. What you should do is to blot the liquid out of the carpet as much as you can with a clean cloth or towel.
There is a tip that works well if you are lazy to blot that is to use salt to absorb the liquid out of the carpet. You just only need to spray the salt on the liquid, and the vacuum after 10-15 minutes.
Third, do not use excessive cleaning product when cleaning spot and stain to avoid carpet damage. And remember to dry the carpet afterward.
How to clean dark-colored food stains on carpets
Tips: mix dish washing liquid with warm water (1:4 v:v) and use a sponge to rub over the stain. After that, clean the carpet with warm water to remove excessive cleaning solution.
How to clean grease stains on carpets
Grease stains on the carpet is one of the most common type that we can have. First, you need to remove excessive grease out of the carpet. Simply put a paper towel above the stain and use the iron at lowest heat to lift up the grease. When the stain is still warm, use a mixture of warm water + vinegar + dish washing liquid to rub over the stain. After that, rinse with lukewarm water.
How to clean wine and coffee stains on the carpet?
Cleaning those liquid stains is far easier than you might think. Just blot the liquid, then use the club soda to clean the spot. Afterwards, you can clean the carpet with soap + warm water mix.
How to remove nail polish stains on the carpet?
Nail polish is also one of the most common stains but it is actually very hard to clean. So, remember to clean the nail polish ASAP because when it settle down, it can’t be removed 100% to be honest.
First, you need to blot the stain as much as you can with clean cloth and remember try to avoid the stain spread.
Second, blot with water to prevent drying
Third, blot the stain with the nail polish remover solution (with or without acetone), remember to test the nail polish remover solution to see if it could cause damage to the carpet or not.
Use rubbing alcohol to rub the stain then
If your carpet is white, you can use hydrogen peroxide + water mixture to bleach the stain a bit. Do not use on colored carpet.
How to clean pet urine on carpet
If you are a pet owner, you should remember the two below formulas that can save you a life without struggling with urine messes and smell.
First formula: baking soda + vinegar solution
mixing one cup of distilled white vinegar with one cup of water and two tablespoons of baking soda. Shake it up, spray it on the carpet, let it sit for a while, then gently blot it up with a fresh cloth
Second: hydrogen peroxide + baking soda mix
Replace the vinegar by using 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide 3% is another effective solution to cope with urine messes. The hydrogen peroxide will break down urine crystals and make the smells go away.
How to clean chewing gum on carpet
First, take the ice to put over the gum and let it sit there for a while. The ice will make the gum to get hard and the you can use fingers to peel it of the carpet.
This article credits Tiara Chiaramonte for images that have been originally posted on the Huffington Post.